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Senate Still Without Minimum Wage Increase Vote

March 27th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

There is still no Senate vote scheduled on the issue of increasing the minimum wage. The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing Wednesday on a minimum wage hike that already has passed the House of Delegates. It would phase in a minimum wage increase from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2017.  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mac Middleton says  that the pay issue for the aides to the disabled needs to be addressed.  Middleton wants to keep these workers' salaries at 35% above the minimum wage, but he notes that would cost the state $80-million.  He notes paying for that raise will be challenging, given the state budget picture. Middleton said he was not sure when the Senate would vote on the bill…


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