Push to Increase Minimum Wage Gains Momentum

Charleston Gazette - As more and more states vote to increase the minimum wage, some say the time is right for West Virginia to do so, as well. Read

"Several other states have independently raised their minimum wage, not waiting for federal action anymore and taking the lead," said Linda Frame, communications manager for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. "That appears to be what we are heading for in West Virginia, or we hope."

Bills in both the West Virginia State Senate and the House of Delegates would raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour in two steps. Last week the House Bill 4283 passed its first hurdle in the labor committee. Yesterday, the Senate version passed through the labor committee.

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