Brown proposes increase in tipped minimum wage

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Wednesday announced his plan to increase the federal minimum wage for tipped workers.

Federal tipped minimum wage is $2.13 an hour, 29 percent of the regular minimum wage. Brown is a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would gradually raise tipped minimum wage to 70 percent of regular minimum wage. It also would increase regular minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current $7.25, and index it to inflation.

The resolution has 16 cosponsors. There are approximately 3.3 million U.S. workers. About 60 percent of them are restaurant servers.