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Washington State House to Vote on $12 Minimum Wage

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state House is expected to vote Tuesday on raising Washington's minimum wage to $12 an hour.

Washington has the highest minimum wage in the nation at $9.47.

The legislation, House Bill 1355, would raise the minimum wage over a four-year period in a series of 50-cent hikes.

Democrats are sponsoring the legislation to help low-income workers. Business owners say it would cut profits and lead to higher prices.

Under Washington's current law, the minimum wage goes up every January with inflation. The Employment Security Department said this year's minimum wage hike affected more than 67,000 workers.

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