Senator urges yes vote on minimum-wage increase

Senator urges yes vote on minimum-wage increase

Credit: Idaho Legislature

Sen. Michelle Stennett

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by Katie Terhune / Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 6:27 PM

BOISE -- 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 Monday, 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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