Citizens will get their chance to speak at a public hearing Wednesday regarding the proposal to increase the minimum wage $1.25 an hour. From there the change will take effect unless lawmakers knock it down.
"In order to prevent the minimum wage increase from moving forward there will have to be legislation to stop that," says Department of Workforce Development Executive Assistant Hector Colon.
Colon foresees the hike going smoothly because he "hasn't heard a lot of opposition" to the increase. The hike to $7.25 would take effect July of 09.
This would be the second raise to the minimum wage under the Doyle Administration. The current $6.50 an hour took effect in June of 06 after a two year battle in the legislature.