By Derrick DePledge
State Sen. Clayton Hee on Friday sent a message on the minimum wage negotiations by scotch-taping dimes to each senator's desk.
Hee wants to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by January 2017. The latest House version would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2018.
Some labor and social-service advocates who agree with Hee's position have nonetheless urged the senator privately to accept the House version rather than risk negotiations falling apart in conference committee.
But Hee repeated on Friday that the issue is likely headed toward conference.
"It may not mean much to some of you. But that 10 cents means an awful lot to the working poor," Hee told colleagues. "So the 10 cents is a reminder of why we're here and, hopefully, a representation that we will stand with the version that was voted affirmatively by the Committee on Ways and Means -- $10.10 over three years."
The state's $7.25 an hour minimum wage has not been increased since 2007.