Monday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor voted 10-6 to report a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $9.25. The vote took place along party lines, with all Democrats supporting and all Republicans opposed.
The state minimum wage is indexed to the federal minimum, currently $7.25. SB 590, introduced bySenator Dave Marsden (D – Fairfax), would raise the state minimum to $9.25. The change would happen incrementally, with separate $1.00 increases scheduled for both 2014 and 2015. If Congress were to raise the federal minimum above $9.25, the state minimum would be re-indexed at that level.
Said Sen. Marsden, “Right now, the minimum wage is not a living wage — but working families are forced to live on it anyway. A full day’s work deserves fair payment, and this bill would help hardworking Virginians to lead better lives. Studies have shown that an increase would also boost our economy.”