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Bill To Raise Minimum Wage Fails In Subcommittee

Bill To Raise Minimum Wage Fails In Subcommittee

CREATED Feb 26, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A bill that would raise the minimum wage for workers who are not offered health insurance has failed in a House subcommittee.

The proposal, drafted by Representative Mike Turner of Old Hickory, was killed by the Tennessee House Consumer and Resources Subcommittee.

The Volunteer State is one of five states that do not have their own minimum wage law. Currently, the minimum wage is $7.25, but the bill would have raised the wage for those employees whose employers don't offer health insurance to $8.25.

It is modeled after legislation from Nevada. Turner believed itwould raise wages for workers and encourage employer responsibility.

The bill was sponsored by all members of the House Democratic Caucus.