CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Legislation to increase the state minimum wage gradually to $8.75 an hour will be up for a passage vote Wednesday in the House of Delegates after Delegate Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson, withdrew an amendment Tuesday to place annual cost-of-living increases into the bill.
"I decided to wait to see what the Senate does, and I would hope they put a cost-of-living adjustment in," he said after Tuesday's House floor session.
Under the proposed amendment, the minimum wage would be adjusted each year between 2017 and 2020 equal to the percentage increase in the federal Consumer Price Index.
"We didn't have a full enough debate in the House on cost-of-living adjustments," Skinner said of his proposal. He did not have a fiscal estimate for the cost of the increases.
As currently drafted, the bill would increase the state minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 an hour Jan. 1, and to $8.75 on Jan. 1, 2016.
The bill (HB4283) also removes an exemption from the state minimum wage for companies subject to the federal minimum wage, currently also $7.25 an hour. With the exemption, only a small number of state businesses not engaged in interstate commerce are subject to the state minimum wage.
Also during Tuesday's House floor session: