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Minimum Wage Boost “Would Help Me and My Kids”

March 6, 2014

West Virginia Public News Service – As lawmakers consider raising the state minimum wage, they’re hearing from West Virginians who say that would help them and their children. Read

Morgantown mother Jamie Gudiel works two low-wage retail jobs. Her husband works full-time at a low-wage landscaping position. She says one of the hardest parts of their life is that she doesn’t get home until 10:30 or 11 p.m. – so she barely has time to be a mother to her three young children. Gudiel says if the minimum wage were increased, she might get to quit one job.

“I’m still going to struggle, but at least I can give my kids a better quality of life for them, and be with them, and help them with their homework,” she says. The version of the bill to be taken up by the full Senate would raise the minimum wage to $8.75 in stages over three years