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Del. Senate Approves Increase in Minimum Wage

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The state Senate has voted to raise Delaware's minimum wage by a dollar over the next two years.

The measure was approved on a 12-9 party-line vote Thursday. Sen. Robert Venables of Laurel the lone Democrat to vote against the bill.

The bill raises the current hourly wage from $7.25 to $7.75 on Jan. 1, 2014, and to $8.25 on Jan. 1, 2015. While the bill does not include any cost of living adjustments, it does include a provision that would require Delaware to match any increases in the federal minimum wage, if it goes above the state's.

Bill sponsor Robert Marshall of Wilmington had initially proposed raising the hourly wage to $8 in July and to $8.75 in July 2014 but submitted a revised proposal Thursday.

Supporters say the higher wage will stimulate the economy and help low-wage families make ends meet.

Opponents argue that it lead to higher prices that will negatively affect low-wage earners and employers hiring fewer workers.

 

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