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WASHINGTON - Senator Sherrod Brown (D- Ohio) says he wants to boost income for people who rely on tips for their income.

Brown has unveiled a Senate resolution aimed at increasing the tipped federal minimum wage, which he says would help lift hundreds of thousands of workers out of poverty.

The current tipped minimum wage stands at $2.13 an hour, which hasn't been increased in more than 20 years.

Brown is a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act which would gradually raise the tipped minimum wage to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage.

Brown's legislation would also increase the regular minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current $7.25, and index it to inflation. That means that under Brown's legislation, tipped workers would see their minimum wage increase to $7.10 or higher depending on inflation.

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