ROANOKE, Va — The cost of living keeps going up and for minimum wage workers it's tough to make ends meet.
Now one Virginia lawmaker wants to change that. Sen. Jim Webb is co-sponsoring legislation to raise the federal minimum wage by two dollars.
Right now minimum wage is $7.25/ hour. That equals a yearly salary of $15,080.
The proposal seeks to raise it to $9.80/ hour. That translates to an annual salary of 20,384 dollars.
People who live on minimum wage say it's tough. They live paycheck to paycheck and some rely on welfare to get by.
"Sometimes I don't have very much left just not really to buy food with or anything like that," says Beth Howard who has lived on minimum for several years.
We spoke with one contractor who says he pays his workers above minimum wage but admits it's hard to do especially when you're a small business.