Democrats, workers eye wage hike as Nevada economy grows

Minimum wage graphic (KSNV file)

Democrats, low-income workers, and union representatives say lawmakers should raise state minimum wages to match Nevada's economic growth.

They made the argument Monday in support of a bill to raise the wage floor 75 cents each of the next five years.

Nevada minimum wages last increased in 2010. They are currently set at $7.25 an hour for those whose employers facilitate health insurance or $8.25 an hour for people without that benefit.

The proposal would increase those until they reached $11 hourly for workers offered insurance and $12 hourly for those without.

Republicans and business owners say a wage hike would hurt businesses and drive up inflation, burdening workers and ultimately wiping out the effect of bigger paychecks.

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