NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Most small-business owners answering an industry group survey said they oppose a move to raise the minimum wage in Tennessee.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses says 78% of its Tennessee members don't want a hike. The survey got a five percent response rate from the state's ten-thousand group members.
The state doesn't have it's own minimum wage and the federal minimum wage of $5.15 was last raised in 1997.
One of several proposals introduced by Democratic lawmakers would set the minimum wage in Tennessee $6.15.
Another would set it a dollar higher. Lawmakers say they will try to reach a consensus on one bill before moving it through the Legislature.
House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh says no one can live on $5.15 an hour.
Federation president Gary Selvy says a higher minimum wage would erect "barriers of entry into the work force."