Virginia delegates approve minimum wage increase
Virginians could see a minimum wage increase in the coming years. Virginia’s House of Delegates passed a bill to raise Virginia’s minimum wage gradually to $15 per hour. House Bill 395 would hike the state’s minimum wage from it’s current federal minimum rate of $7.25 per hour to $9 as of July 1, 2020. From there, the rate would rise to $11 per hour on July 1, 2021, to $13 per hour on July 1, 2022 and finally to $15 per hour on July 1, 2023. The bill also removes a number of exemptions from the minimum wage requirement, including small businesses with less than four employees. Many are arguing raising the minimum wage would harm small businesses.
The bill next heads to the Virginia Senate, which is also expected to pass its own version of minimum wage increase. If passed there as well, the bill would head to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk for a signature before becoming law.
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