House Close to Voting on Bill to Increase Minimum Wage in W. Va.
Currently, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
The House Finance Committee amended H.B. 4283 to increase minimum wage by 75 cents to $8.00 per hour by January of 2015 and then add another 75 cents by January of 2016 to total $8.75. The amendment delayed those changes from July 2014 and 2015 respectively so that businesses could have time to budget for the increase.
The Chairman of the Finance Committee Brent Boggs says that the introduced version of the bill that only increased the minimum wage to $8.25 didn’t go far enough to provide relief for families relying on minimum wage jobs.
“The need is great and I know that there is always going to be issues about costs to businesses,” Boggs said. “If you look at the overall, this will probably affect 100,000 West Virginia workers. Even by raising it by 75 cents in 2015 and 75 cents in 2016, it still is a far cry from being the kind of a wage that is livable for a family and to support a family.”
The bill will be up for vote on Wednesday.