The Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations has voted down a proposed increase in the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour.
Similar legislation had already died in the House Labor Committee. With the Senate committee's action, efforts to increase the state minimum wage appear to be dead, at least for this legislative session.
State Director Dawn Starns told legislators that small businesses in particular would suffer if the government drove up the cost of labor. Starns said higher labor costs would have forced employers to cut jobs, hold off on any expansion plans they might have had or raise prices to offset any increase.
"It's a ripple effect," she said.
NFIB, the nation's leading small-business association, also is opposing efforts in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. Click here to learn more.