Dover (January 30, 2014) – With more than 98 percent of all hourly paid workers in Delaware earning more than the minimum wage, the Legislature’s rush to raise the rate seems to be misplaced, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today.
“The overwhelming majority of employers in this state are already paying their people more, so it’s difficult to understand why the Legislature is moving so urgently on this issue,” said NFIB State Director Jessica Cooper.
The House today is expected to consider a bill to raise the minimum wage by a full dollar by 2015. It strips out language from the original version that would have mandated automatic future increases every year based on inflation. That, according to Cooper, was the most dangerous element of the plan.
“This is a far better bill than the original version but there’s really no economic rationale for it,” she said.
The new bill would raise the minimum wage this year from $7.25 per hour to $7.75 and then to $8.25 in 2015.
“It’s a 13 percent increase in less than 12 months,” said Cooper. “Most small businesses will find a way to cope with it, but some will have to make tough choices. So we’re creating winners and losers.
“The advocates have the obvious political advantage because their argument is entirely sentimental. There’s no practical justification for doing this now but it will create practical, financial problems for some small businesses.”
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