An attempt by Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, backed by fellow House Democrats, to establish a state minimum wage at $8.25 an hour — a dollar above the current federal minimum — was rejected Wednesday by the House Human Resources subcommittee. The vote on the bill was along party lines, with Republicans Mark Pody, Glen Casada and Jimmy Eldridge against it and Democrats Joe Towns and Johnnie Turner in favor. Tennessee and four other states, including Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama, don’t actually have a state minimum wage, and therefore employers in those states are required to pay employees in keeping with federal regulations. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 21 states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages set above the federal minimum. The rest of the states have minimum wage requirements that match the federal government, are lower or don’t have minimum wage laws codified in state law. Of Tennessee’s eight neighboring states, only Missouri, at $7.50 an hour, has a higher minimum wage than the federal mandate, $7.25 an hour.