This previous week, one other state handed a minimal wage enhance that may take it to $15. That’s Delaware, the place the minimal wage will attain $15 in 2025. It would go from $9.25 per hour to $10.50 on Jan. 1. Delaware joins California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island in having handed a gradual enhance to $15. The District of Columbia is already there, having gotten to $15.20 at the start of the month. Virginia has just lately handed a minimal wage enhance that might go to $15 in 2026 if the state legislature reenacts it—minimal wage staff there already acquired their first enhance from $7.25 an hour to $9.50 an hour.
President Joe Biden has signed an government order elevating the minimal wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour.
Rising the minimal wage is a mainstream and fashionable factor to do. A latest ballot put help for a $15 minimal wage at 62%, and people poll measure votes—together with in Florida in 2020, because the state went for Donald Trump—present that it’s not simply one thing individuals inform pollsters. However Republican lawmakers are bitterly opposed, at the same time as many Republican voters help it. And that’s why minimal wage staff in 20 states are nonetheless caught at $7.25 an hour, 12 years after the federal fee final went up.