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Legislative leadership urges WV Gov. Tomblin to sign minimum wage bill

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Two members of the West Virginia Legislative leadership team are urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to sign House bill 4283, the minimum wage bill, into law.

Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and House Speaker, Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the bill is in the best interest of the hard working residents of the state.

Under the bill, wages would be increased to $7.25 per hour in 2015 and $8.75 per hour in 2016.

Kessler said any clarifications to the bill could be worked out in a special session.

"Signing this piece of legislation is not only the right thing to do for the state's workers; it will also help the state's economy," Kessler said in a statement on Thursday. "This bill puts more money in the pockets of hard working West Virginians, who in turn spend their money locally."

According to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Police, more than 127,000 working residents would benefit from raising the wages. The increase would help raise wages by more than $156 million in a two-year period.

"The people of this great state that go to work every day to support themselves and their families deserve to make a living wage," Miley said. "This is a very positive measure for our state.

"If people spent as much time and energy working to improve the bill as they have arguing against it, West Virginians would be much better off."

In the last week, officials have disagreed about the effects of the bill. 

An attorney with Bowles Rice LLP said he believed the bill would bring about unintentional effects. However, members of the Legislature said those effects are intentional.