According to an article from the Delaware State News Sen. Robert Marshal, D-Wilmington, intends to propose a bill that would bump the wage up by 50 cents from 2017 to 2020, ultimately increasing it from $8.25 to $10.25. Following the 2020 increase the minimum wage rate would then be tied to the federal cost of living adjustment.
NFIB opposes a minimum wage hike. Many of Delaware’s small business are still adjusting to the most recent hike that took effect in June 2015 when the minimum wage was raised to $8.25. The volatile nature of these ever-increasing wage hikes is concerning to job creators and portrays the message that Delaware is not business friendly.
The article reports that “Republicans are opposed to it, with Rep. Short calling the increase ‘too big of a reach’ for business owners.” However, “Rep. Schwartzkopf thinks the proposal, which passed the Senate before stalling in a House committee last year, has a better chance to pass this time around.”
Please contact your legislators about this proposal. If you have any questions or would like to share your story about how this wage increase would impact your business please email Miranda Bond, NFIB Senior Grassroots Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org