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WV: Minimum wage, smoking tax among children's advocates' goals

January 8, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Children's advocates say they have 11 priorities for the 60-day session, ranging from increasing the tobacco tax by $1 to requiring more physical activity at schools.

While optimistic about the goals, West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition Executive Director Stephen Smith said Tuesday increasing the minimum wage may be one of the most difficult goals.

Smith says states that have raised the minimum wage have seen increased economic activity and more jobs.

But he says some people disagree. He says there also are people who don't think others should earn more than they do. That will make the proposal a tough battle.

Other priorities include drug abuse prevention, improving early childhood programs, using severance taxes to create a future fund and prohibiting use of food assistance benefits for sodas.



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