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W.Va. House approves $1.50 increase in minimum wage over next 2 years
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:33 PM EST
The West Virginia House of Delegates has voted to raise the state's minimum wage $1.50 over the next two years.
The bill passed overwhelmingly Wednesday with a dozen delegates speaking in favor of the raise. The bill now goes to the state Senate.
Boone County Democrat Joshua Barker recalled driving a snowplow for the Department of Highways for seven years. He said while making $7.40 per hour his family was forced to choose between necessities like bread and warm shoes.
Kanawha County Democrat Meshea Poore and a handful of delegates said they would like to see the rate increased even more. Poore says this bill is a start.