Minimum Wage to Rise
Governor Earl Tomblin signed a hike in the West Virginia minimum wage into last last night. The law raises the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 by 2015. It's the first minimum wage hike in our state since 2008. The governor has some concerns,however, about overtime changes addressed in the law. He asked for a special legislative session in May for lawmakers to address what he called "unintended consequences" before the law takes effect. Critics of the law agree, because as it stands it overrules federal exemptions for police and firefighters. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says it wold cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime. Jones says the city doesn't have that money,and won't spend it.