Hike In Minimum Wage Comes Up Short

Thursday, March 15th 2007, 2:46 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A proposal to raise the minimum wage in Oklahoma by more than $2 an hour fell two votes short of passing in the state Senate Thursday. An amendment to a bill dealing with worker training called for increasing the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour over a three year period.

The vote was 24-to-23 against the amendment with 23 Republicans and one Democrat voting against it and 23 Democrats voting for it.

It takes 25 votes to pass a bill in the 48 member state Senate.