NFIB Delaware Says Minimum Wage Hike is Unnecessary

Date: January 30, 2014

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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.”

NFIB
is the country’s leading advocate for small business owners with more than
300,000 members nationwide.  It has
offices in Washington, DC and all the state capitals.  For more information about NFIB, please log
on to www.nfib.com.

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