House Approves Minimum Wage Bill for West Virginia

Charleston Daily Mail - House lawmakers passed a measure Wednesday increasing West Virginia's hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 by the start of 2016. Read

Close to a dozen delegates spoke before the House overwhelmingly approved the measures. Amidst smiles and laughter, delegates passed the bill by a margin of 89 to five. Six members didn't vote.

Several delegates joined lead sponsor Jason Barrett, D-Jefferson, in speaking support of the bill. Barrett, who owns a restaurant in his home county, said the bill puts a little more money in the pockets of more than 100,000 West Virginians.

"It's time for the people at the bottom to get a little trickle up," said Delegates Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson.

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