The West Virginia Senate Labor Committee is set to take up HB 4023 today at 9:00 am in Room 208W of the State Capitol. The bill would raise the state minimum wage in three steps to $7.25 by June 30, 2008. It is not clear at this point whether amendments to the bill to make it cover more workers (see Monday’s post) will be considered or whether indeed it will advance from this committee.
The bill is triple-referenced in the WV Senate, meaning in this case that it must advance from Labor to the Judiciary Committee and then to the Finance Committee of the Senate unless rules are suspended. The regular session of the legislature ends by midnight Saturday.
Ordinarily, when a bill is triple-referenced, this is a sign that the leadership in question does not want the bill to move. However, the fact that it made onto the Labor Committee’s agenda during the last few days of the session is itself encouraging. Stay tuned.
For more information about how the minimum wage is good for business, check this op-ed in today's Charleston Gazette: http://wvgazette.com/section/Editorials/Viewpoint/200603077.
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