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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 06:20 PM Mar 2021

Poll: Majority of West Virginians support $15 federal minimum wage

W.Va (WDTV) - A new poll out in February by the One Fair Wage Coalition claims that 63% of West Virginians support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

“This increase is phased in overtime and it, in fact, allows consumption to increase,” said Coalition President Saru Jayaraman.

The federal minimum wage stands at $7.25. The last increase was in 2009. Many small businesses feel a $15 minimum wage could put them out of business. Jayaraman says that small businesses actually fair better in states with higher wages.

“Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Minnesota all have had higher small business growth rates and job growth and restaurant industry sales prior to the pandemic than West Virginia,” said Jayaraman.

On Thursday, a group of lawmakers, including West Virginia’s Senator Shelly Moore-Capito (Republican) came out in favor of a phased in $10 federal wage increase. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he would support an $11 minimum wage.



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6. I think they voted for Manchin to vote for things they support. That's how it works isn't it?
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 06:49 PM
Mar 2021

I keep hearing he is supposed to support WV values and people. 63% is a good chunk of people. Or does it have to be 75 to 90%?


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12. The other senator isn't voting for it either
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:07 PM
Mar 2021

if they wanted it they would vote for people that support it.

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