By Andy Sher, Nashville Bureau
NASHVILLE Gov. Phil Bredesen said today did not rule out creating a state minimum wage above the federally mandated $5.15 level.
Its something that Im pretty sympathetic to taking a hard look at and would be honored to sign such a bill, Gov. Bredesen told luncheon attendees from Leadership Chattanooga and Leadership Knoxville.
Gov. Bredesen said March 1 that he backed an increase at the federal level but was reluctant to do so at the state level for fear it might put state employers at a disadvantage.
About 78 percent of the Tennessee members of the National Federation of Independent Businesses said in a recent survey that they oppose changes. The minimum wage has not been raised at the federal level since 1997.