Under NFIB/Virginia's leadership, proposals to increase Virginia's minimum wage beyond the federal minimum wage were killed for this year. The Senate passed legislation to increase the minimum wage to $9.25 by July 1, 2015 on a 20-20 vote with Lt. Governor Ralph Northam voting with the Senate Democratic caucus, but on Thursday, Feb. 13, the House Commerce and Labor Committee tabled the legislation for the year. Nicole Riley, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement in response to the House committee's action to stop an increase Virginia's minimum wage: "The fact of the matter is that raising the minimum wage invariably hurts the people politicians say it's supposed to help. There's only so much money to go around, so when government gets involved and pushes up the cost of labor, employers can't afford to hire as many workers, and they certainly can't afford to hire young, inexperienced and unskilled workers. "We were happy to see the members of the House Commerce and Labor Committee use some common sense and allow the market to determine how much employees should be paid." Click here to see how your legislators voted. NFIB/Virginia is the commonwealth's leading small-business association with over 5,000 dues-paying members representing a cross section of the state's economy.