Minimum Wage Bus Tour Visits City

Charleston Gazette - A bus traveling through 11 states on its "Give America a Raise" tour to advocate for an increased federal minimum wage stopped in front of the state Capitol along the Kanawha River on Wednesday afternoon. Read

Urging Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, slogans painted on the side of the bus read: "Raise Americans' Wages," "Raise Families Out of Poverty" and "Raise Economic Activity."

The Rev. Jeff Allen, director of the West Virginia Council of Churches, thanked state legislators for passing and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for signing a bill to raise West Virginia's hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75.

"Raising the minimum wage will provide a boost to the economy all over the country," Allen said.

The new state law will increase West Virginia's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.75 an hour by 2016.

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