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Tomblin Plans Special Session To Fix Wage Bill

Reported: Apr. 1, 2014 8:02 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 2, 2014 3:33 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he will call the Legislature into a special session in May to address concerns with a bill to increase the minimum wage by $1.50 over two years.

Although Tomblin signed the bill Tuesday, he expressed concern it trumps federal overtime exemption for police, seasonal employees, and nursing home staff. He says it could cost local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Senate President Jeff Kessler said the legislation was necessary to help the state's economy and to benefit workers. He says the flawed clause regarding overtime exemption can be fixed with minor clarifications prior to its effective date.

Speaker Tim Miley said the House is committed to working together to ensure the bill does not have a negative impact on local government and other agencies.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) Workers making minimum wage in West Virginia will soon see bigger paychecks.

"I signed this bill because I believe it is a positive step toward helping more than 100,000 hardworking West Virginians earn a fair wage-including mothers, fathers, working adults, as well as teens working their first jobs," Gov. Tomblin said. "In the last decade, the face of the minimum wage worker has changed while the minimum wage has stayed the same."

"However, I'm aware there may be some unintended consequences relating to overtime compensation and maximum hours worked, which give me great pause. I will call the Legislature into extraordinary session during the May interims, beginning May 19, 2014 to address the issues of great concern to businesses large and small-including the fiscal challenges expected to affect our local governments. President Kessler and Speaker Miley have both committed to working with me to achieve this ultimate goal," said Tomblin.



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