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WV House Of Delegates To Vote On Minimum Wage Hike

Reported: Feb. 12, 2014 8:42 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 12, 2014 12:50 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on a proposal to increase the minimum wage by $1.50 by 2016.

The increase would occur in steps. The standard would change from $7.25 to $8 an hour in January 2015 and to $8.75 the following January. The state minimum wage last increased in 2008.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.

West Virginia's minimum wage matches the federal standard.

A counterpart Senate bill has at least one more committee stop. The Senate version would bump the minimum wage to $7.85 per hour in July 2014, and $8.25 the following July. Afterward, the rate would increase each year based on the Consumer Price Index.

Lawmakers in at least 30 state legislatures have introduced minimum wage increases.

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