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Utah lawmakers kill bill to raise pay for tipped workers

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Utah lawmakers kill bill to raise

pay for tipped workers

UTAH, (AP):

Utah lawmakers have rejected a proposal requiring that workers who depend on tips be paid the state's general minimum wage.

The House Business and Labour Standing Committee voted 4-8 yesterday to kill the proposal.

The proposal from Justin Miller of Salt Lake City would have raised the pay of tipped workers from $2.13 hourly to $7.25 an hour.

Restaurant and hospitality officials told lawmakers that business owners already take steps to ensure no employee earns less than $7.25 an hour.

Miller argued that the take-home pay for tipped workers can be unpredictable and that many such workers live in poverty.

Seven states require that employers pay tipped workers the full minimum wage.