We found out last week our state legislators want to increase the minimum wage in WV mandatory at $ 7.75 per hour by 2008. It's hard enough to find good help in WV, no matter what business you are in. With large increases this year and next, some smaller companies may be squeezed with the gap closing between min. wage, and above avg. wages in WV. I have trouble finding semi skilled laborers at $ 10.00 per hour, which is $ 4.50 more per hour than the going min. wage jobs in the state. Their reason is to "attract the attention of the US Govt. in order to raise the rates across the board in all 50 states". With the increased labor rates(inc work comp. premiums in WV), which is everyone's greatest expense, the margin for attracting laborers into the landscaping field is going to be even wider than it is now. With no extra tax incentives to business owners, how can you keep the state market flourishing? What's it like in your state??