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Lawmakers Set Aside Minimum Wage Bills

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - State lawmakers have set aside a series of bills that would reduce wages at the lower end of the income scale in an effort to spur private-sector job growth.

Five Republican-sponsored minimum wage bills failed to come up for a committee vote in the House Tuesday.

The proposals included a tip-credit measure that would allow restaurants to pay waiters less than the minimum wage.  That proposal ignited some passionate responses on both sides of the debate, with restaurant owners talking about payroll-related job cuts and workers insisting that they shouldn't be targeted for cuts.

Washington has the highest minimum wage of any state.  On January 1st, it rose 37 cents to $9.04.