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Hawaii lawmakers pass minimum wage hike

HONOLULU (AP) - Lawmakers have passed a bill that will raise the minimum wage in Hawaii.The House passed the measure Tuesday. Before it goes to the governor to become law, its details will have to be hammered out in conference with the Senate.In its current form, the bill raises Hawaii's minimum wage by 50 cents beginning next year and by 75 cents a year until it hits $10 an hour in 2018.It doubles the existing tip credit to 50 cents but restricts it to employees whose wages and tips together exceed the minimum wage by at least $7 an hour. The tip credit is the amount an employer can withhold from the wages of a worker who also earns tips.Hawaii's minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2007.