Hearing is Wednesday for bill to raise minimum wage

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill (AB456) that would raise Nevada's minimum wage is set to face its first legislative panel on Wednesday.

The effort failed to become law last legislative session when it was vetoed by Nevada's former Republican governor. It seeks to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour for workers not offered health insurance and $11 an hour for employees who are. Minimum wages under the bill would rise in increments of 75 cents per year until it reaches those levels.

Laura Martin with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada says a $12 hourly wage is not a living wage, "but it's considerably better than what we have now."

The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour for workers offered health benefits and $8.25 per hour for all other employees.

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