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Pocan brings min wage amendment to budget
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, introduced a minimum wage amendment to the Republican FY 2015 budget proposal Wednesday.

According to a news release from Pocan, the amendment would raise the minimum wage for about 28 million Americans, including more than 500,000 Wisconsin residents.

"America deserves a raise," Pocan said in the release. "The minimum wage has less value today than it did in 1968 and American workers have not seen an increase in the minimum wage since 2009."

Pocan's amendment would increase the minimum wage over three years from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, indexes future annual increases to inflation thereafter, and gradually increases the tipped minimum wage to 70 percent of the minimum wage, according to the release.

-Times staff