HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 107
(By Delegates Reynolds, Mr. Speaker (Mr. Thompson), Barill, Barrett, Boggs, Campbell, Caputo, Craig, Diserio, Eldridge, Ferns, Ferro, Fleischauer, Guthrie, Hartman, Hunt, Iaquinta, Jones, Lawrence, Longstreth, Lynch, Manchin, Manypenny, Marcum, Marshall, Miley, Moore, Morgan, Moye, Paxton, Perdue, Perry, Pethtel, Phillips, L., Phillips, R., Pino, Poling, D., Poling, M., Poore, Skaff, Skinner, Smith, P., Sponaugle, Staggers, Stephens, Stowers, Swartzmiller, Tomblin, Walker, Wells, White, Williams and Young)
Expressing support for the President’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $9 per hour from $7.25 per hour.
Whereas, When the federal minimum wage was signed into law in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt, its stated purpose was to keep America’s workers out of poverty, and increase consumer purchasing power in order to stimulate the economy; and
Whereas, The current federal minimum wage level has not been raised since 2009; and
Whereas, There is no regular cost-of-living-adjustment for federal minimum wage and because of inflation a dollar today isn’t worth what it used to be; and
Whereas, The total rate of inflation between 2009 and 2013 has been 7.3 percent; and
Whereas, In 1968 the federal minimum wage was $1.60 per hour, which would be approximately $10.27 in today’s dollars; and
Whereas, An increase in the minimum wage would boost the wages of an estimated fifteen million low-income workers; and
Whereas, In the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the West Virginia Legislature calls on the United States Congress to enact President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase to $9 per hour; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates, forward a certified copy of this resolution to the United States Congress.