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Friday, May 20, 2005

Raising The Minimum Wage

A bill, introduced by Rep. Alma Adams, (D-Guilford), which would raise the state's minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to a "living wage" of $8.50 per hour by 2007 was discussed in the House Commerce Committee, but no vote was taken. Advocates for the issue spoke in favor of the bill, telling committee members that some people are working multiple jobs to support their families. Several lawmakers offered support for an increase in the minimum wage, but suggested lengthening the "phase-in" period of such an increase.

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