Senator urges yes vote on Idaho minimum-wage increase

Senator urges yes vote on Idaho minimum-wage increase

Senator urges yes vote on Idaho minimum-wage increase

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Activist groups are throwing their weight behind a Senate bill to hike Idaho's minimum wage after abandoning an effort to gather enough signatures to put a similar measure before voters next November.
 
The bid to put more money in the pockets of Idaho's lowest-paid workers cleared its first hurdle yesterday, when the Senate State Affairs Committee voted to send it forward to a full hearing.
 
Sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, the proposal would raise hourly pay from $7.25 to $9.75 in 2015.
 
Stennett acknowledged the bill likely won't pass, with Republicans skeptical of mandates on business.
 
The bill comes as a similar voter initiative also seeks to bring up the minimum wage.
 
But with dramatically fewer signatures than needed, hope to secure a ballot spot is also waning.

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