Bill to raise state wages proposed

Friday, January 14th 2005, 5:45 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A group of Democratic House members wants to raise the wages of Oklahoma's lowest paid workers.

Oklahoma City state Representative Richard Morrisette says the group will propose a wage of about $7 an hour so Oklahomans can escape the poverty line. The minimum wage is now $5.15 an hour.

Morrisette was joined at a news conference by fellow Democratic Representative Opio Toure, Mike Shelton, Al Lindley and Rebecca Hamilton, all of Oklahoma City.

Lawmakers say the legislation will include a tax incentive provision for small businesses.

They say improving wages will help families and boost the economy.