While debate continues to rage over whether or not to raise the minimum wage, Indiana University today announced that it is increasing the minimum wage paid to university employees by one-dollar, to $8.25 an hour, effective with the start of the new fiscal year July first. Currently, the university’s minimum wage is $7.25, in line with the federal and state rate, last raised in July of 2009. The decision will result in pay raises for more than 87-hundred IU employees statewide. More than two-thirds work on the main campus in Bloomington due to extensive housing and dining operations that employ many part-time and seasonal workers -- including a large number of students. "Indiana University depends on the hard work of many part-time and temporary employees on all our campuses, and this much-deserved pay increase is one way we can recognize their important contributions to the success of IU," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "Many of these employees also are students at IU, and increasing their pay is consistent with our commitment to student affordability and accessibility."