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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, right, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, and others, urging approval for raising the minimum wage, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. When the Senate debates a Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage, some workers won’t benefit even if lightning strikes and the long-shot effort prevails. More than a dozen categories of workers are exempt from the current $7.25-an-hour minimum, running from casual babysitters to some workers with disabilities to crews on fishing ships. The bill by Harkin, would gradually raise the minimum to $10.10 by 2016 but doesn’t close any loopholes, which also include live-in companions for the elderly, staffs of state and local elected officials and jobs at summer camps and seasonal amusement parks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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