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West Virginia has become the latest state to raise its minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25 an hour. Gov. Earl Tomblin signed the law Tuesday raising the state's minimum wage to $8.00 an hour in 2015 and $8.75 in 2016.

West Virginia's minimum wage increase is well short of the $10.10 an hour that Connecticut recently passed and which is the focus of Democratic efforts at the federal level. A year of full-time work at $8.75 an hour remains below the poverty threshold for a family of three—and that's this year. By 2016, that pay level will have fallen further behind the cost of living. Still, it's a significant increase, which:

... will still lift earnings for the 22,000 of the state’s 446,000 hourly workers who currently earn minimum wage, and tens of thousands more who currently earn above $7.25 but below $8.
The minimum wage bill also contains an expansion of overtime pay that the legislature is expected to revisit before it goes into effect in June.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:08 AM PDT.

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  •  A little good news for W Va (5+ / 0-)

    I always feel terrible when I read about their problems caused by coal.

    This isn't enough, but it's a start.

    And thanks for all you do, Laura.

    by chloris creator on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:34:03 AM PDT

  •  This is great news and this could help Natalie (5+ / 0-)

    Tennant when she takes on Shelley Moore Capito. Tennant's been hitting Capito continuously voting against raising the minimum wage.

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:43:41 AM PDT

    •  I hope so, if she takes advantage of it (0+ / 0-)

      I live part time in WV, and Tenant has so far been pretty invisible.
      During the chemical spill disaster, Capito was out front holding hearings and paying lip service to doing something to improve the situation. not that she will...
      I haven't heard hide nor hair from Tenant.
      I know it's still early, but Tenant really needs to up her game if she even wants to have a prayer of beating Capito.

      •  Tennant (0+ / 0-)

        is no change from the Manchin controlled WV Democrat (their term) Party. Squawking about the imaginary threats to Coal from the EPA, and she has also continued the former SOS's contract for ES&S voting machines, one of the most fallible systems out there.

        Better than Capito, yes, but unfortunately more of the same kind of politician than WV desperately needs rid of. No leadership whatsoever.

        "Idiocracy. It's not a comedy, it's a prophecy."

        by wv voice of reason on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 10:58:33 AM PDT

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  •  Why does CT get all the attention? (3+ / 0-)
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    California passed a minimum wage increase to $10 an hour last year, and it goes into effect before CT's.  Granted, it's $10 and not $10.10, but this was before the discussions took off on a federal level.

    I mean, yay for WV and all, but this is the third or fourth diary I've seen cheering about CT's increase and hailing it as a state first, but it's not.  I'm kind of confused.

  •  Sure would like to see the Tipped min wage (5+ / 0-)

    getting pushed above $2.15/hr.

    Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

    by bear83 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:53:15 AM PDT

    •  ^^^This^^^ I would actually like to see them get (2+ / 0-)
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      bear83, looking and listening

      real wages and no tips. Let's go tip free and show these folks what a real paycheck looks like. I understand that they are used to coming home most every night with cash in had, but getting a real paycheck and decoupling the whole tips thing, I mean it is a gratuity, depends on how gracious I feel as a tipper, right?
      When they are earning $10 - $15 an hour, they might just come around...
      Peace and Blessings!

      “When you victim-blame, be aware that in all likelihood, at least one woman you know and love silently decides she cannot trust you.” ` Steph Guthrie

      by Penny GC on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 11:20:21 AM PDT

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  •  This is good. (0+ / 0-)

    Nearly any job you would work at in any other state pays half that in WV.

    Studies consistently rank WV as having a lot of unhappy people.

    This is a step in the right direction.

  •  Have Movement Conservatives (0+ / 0-)

    done their crazy-batshit we brook no minimum wage increases but um, states rights forever!!! because higher state-level minimum wages means federal government should be out of the minimum wage business mindfuck blizzard of noise pivot yet?

    Opposing all minimum wage increases, at all levels of government, and some outright opposing the idea of having a minimum wage at all, but.

    Pointing to the various minimum wage increases at the state level that have increased the minimum wage locally above the federal level nationally against their best efforts to stop it as proof that state rights are teh awesome.

    Heritage or AEI I'm sure has a "no matter what, conservative triumph!" position paper, I'm sure.

    “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” — Auric Goldfinger

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 07:39:53 PM PDT

  •  15. not 10.10. Remember, you get only 80% (0+ / 0-)

    of your demands...



    The Republican Party is run by the KOCH BROTHERS.

    by unclebucky on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 08:03:50 PM PDT

  •  Should shame other more prosperous states... (3+ / 0-)
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    Skyye, Hillbilly Dem, nipit

    ...into increasing their minimum wage. The $10.10 number is a national milepost, but obviously different states (and different localities within states) will have wildly different numbers that allow people to maintain a life of dignity and pro-active existence. If WV can raise theirs, what possible excuse do other states have to keep theirs at the federal minimum?

    In the end a national minimum wage based on inflation increases would be better. A federal, but locally-adjusted minimum wage based on metro-area cost-of-living (already calculated but currently ignored for this particular law) would be the best.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 08:23:36 PM PDT

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