City chamber supports minimum wage hike
The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday it supports the West Virginia House of Delegates bill that calls for an increase in the state's minimum wage.
The minimum wage proposal was one of several initiatives announced by House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and his leadership team prior to the start of this year's legislative session.
House Bill 4283, if passed, would increase the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $7.85 an hour after June 30 and raise it to $8.25 an hour one year later.
The proposal passed the House Industry and Labor Committee last Wednesday. It must now go before the House Finance Committee before it can be brought up for a vote in the full House.
The House proposal is much more modest than one advocated by President Barack Obama. In his State of the Union speech last month, President Obama lobbied Congress to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
The national rate has not been increased since 2009 and supporters of an increase say, when adjusted for inflation, today's minimum wage is actually about 30 percent less than it was 40 years ago.