The Washington Times - February 12, 2013, 08:58PM

President Obama is proposing an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour from the current $7.25 in his State of the Union speech.

The increase would affect 15 million workers “so an honest day’s work pays more,” the White House said.

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At the current rate of $7.25 an hour, a full-time minimum wage worker makes $14,500 a year.

The minimum wage was last raised in July 2009 as part of a three-step increase from a law approved in 2007.

Some states have adopted minimum wages higher than the federal rate