$15 an hour minimum wage bill passes Senate

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As expected, the Delaware State Senate passed a bill that will increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

The minimum wage is now slated to increase to $10.25 an hour in October. The bill would increase that figure yearly to $15.

The bill, which passed by a 14-7 margin has been assigned to the House Economic Development, Banking, Insurance & Commerce Committee.

Aiding the passage of the bill was the election of two Democrats to the Senate in districts that were formerly held by Republicans. In addition, newly elected senators in solidly Democratic districts have more progressive leanings than their predecessors.

House Economic Development Committee Chair Rep. Bill Bush, D-Doverissued the following statement:

“The House Economic Development, Banking, Insurance & Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 15 during the week of April 19th, at the committee’s first scheduled meeting following the General Assembly’s spring recess. The committee has a substantial agenda of legislation to consider in its two remaining meetings for this month, including HB 88, which would address the youth and training wage, among other items.”

“Bush continued, “As committee chair, it’s my hope that providing a date-certain for a hearing on SB 15 will demonstrate our commitment to fostering a full, fair and open discussion on this bill.”

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