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Stephen Fuller, a George Mason University professor specializing in economic development, testified later on Monday that increasing the minimum wage to $10 would cost the state about 11,502 jobs.

On the other hand, many mainstream economic studies have shown minimum wage increases to have minimal effects on employment rates.

Senator Middleton, the chairman, said he will dedicate another committee session soon to reviewing hard economic data.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said last week he wants the House to pass a minimum wage bill before the Senate votes on one.