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Bill Would Raise Minimum Wage

Close to 40 people attended a Senate State Affairs Committee this morning to indicate their support for legislation to raise Idaho’s minimum wage; the committee agreed to introduce the bill, but there’s no promise that it’ll go any further. “I appreciate you being here,” committee Chairman Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, told the crowd. “The signup where you signed in does become part of our official records.” Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, presented the bill to raise Idaho’s current $7.25 an hour minimum wage in two steps, to $8.50 an hour on July 2, 2014, and to $9.75 an hour on July 1, 2015, and then peg increases thereafter to inflation/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I can't see our Legislature raising the minimum wage, can you?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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