Governor Easley signed it into law today:
House Bill 2174 raises the hourly minimum pay rate from $5.15 to $6.15 per hour and also ties North Carolina's minimum wage to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
At a news conference Thursday, Easley said the bill is just one step in changing the state's economy.
"We are not trying to build a low-road economy based on low wages and low skill. Those days are gone," Easley said.
Wouldn't it be great if we had leaders with vision like that in Tennessee state government?
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