CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bill that would increase the minimum wage in West Virginia is on its way to the House of Delegates.
The bill passed the House Finance Committee Thursday.
The original bill would have increased the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $7.85 an hour on July 1, and it would increase again in July 2015 to $8.25 an hour.
A new bill passed by the committee would increase the wage to $8 January 2015, and then it would increase to $8.75 in January 2016.
Del. Doug Skaff (D-Kanawha) told WV Metro News he favored the change because it gives businesses more time to prepare. "I think it takes into consideration many things in planning from a business standpoint," Skaff said.
The bill is expected to help about 100,000 residents in the state of West Virginia. The state says 26% of jobs in West Virginia are minimum wage jobs.
The measure now heads to the full House for consideration.