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.