UPDATE: Gov. Tomblin Approves Minimum Wage Increase

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UPDATE 4/2/2014 4:50 PM

$1.50 over two years.

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signs the minimum wage increase into law.

One local pizza shop says it's bad for business.

Seventy-five cents on January 1, 2015.

And another 75 cents the following year.

Gov. Tomblin says even though he signed it, it contained unintended consequences.

The manager at the Pizza Place in Parkersburg says it doesn't give workers any incentive.

She says it shorts the employees that maybe would have gotten a raise of merit.

They are not happy with the increase, but they don't think they will have to make any cuts.

The manager says they plan on being ahead of the game and being a small town businesses actually helps them a little.

They will change their employees' wages this summer when they usually give raises.

Gov. Tomblin says he will call the legislature back to work in May.

It's for a special session to address concerns with the minimum wage bill.

When he signed the bill, Gov. Tomblin 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.

UPDATE 3/7/2014 4:45 PM

A step closer to an increase for minimum wage workers in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Senate passed a $1.50 increase for the state.

The jump would take place over three years.

The wage would increase from $7.25 to $7.50 an hour in January 2015, to $8 in January 2016 and then to $8.75 in January 2017.

The House must now agree to the senate changes before the bill goes to the governor.

A bill to increase West Virginia’s minimum wage was approved by an overwhelming majority Wednesday.

The House voted 89-5 in favor.

The bill would increase the current minimum wage of $7.25 to $8 in January 2015.

It would increase again in January 2016 to $8.75.

Senator David Nohe says it's highly doubtful it won't pass.

“If somebody was gonna say they're going to vote against it, they're just posturing because they didn't even allow any amendments yesterday; it went straight out,” he says. “It'll come to the Senate. It'll just be a matter of how much it'll raise. I know there's talk of raising it even higher.”

Nohe says you have to strike a balance.

We don't want them to raise it so much it actually ends up hurting the people it's trying to help.

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