An effort to raise the state's minimum wage is now on ice. After narrowly passing the state Senate with a tie-breaking vote earlier this week, Senator David Marsden's proposal fell flat in a House committee Thursday afternoon.
The bill proposes to boost Virginia's hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 this July, and to $9.25 in July 2015.
“If not now, when? Twenty years from now are they going to be standing here making the same arguments when the $7.25 buys about $2.50 or $3 worth of goods and services?” Marsden said.
Virginia's current minimum wage is in line with the federal threshold.
Critics say a higher wage would be a burden on small business. But Marsden calls this is a pro-business bill, and says a similar proposal will be back next year.