Alaska Senate approves hike in minimum wage

Alaska’s minimum wage would get a boost under a bill that has passed the state Senate.
Lawmakers voted 17-2 April 8 to set the state rate to 50 cents above the federal minimum wage starting next year.
The state’s rate would get a smaller bump this July from $7.15 to $7.25 to align it with a rising federal rate. The rate would then move to $7.75 an hour on January 1.
Sponsor Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage democrat, said the measure is a compromise that would help workers on the low end of the economic scale without hurting small businesses.
The bill now goes to the House.