Delaware joined a growing number of states on Monday, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Democratic Governor John Carney signed a bill requiring the state’s minimum wage of $9.25 to increase by more than $1 per year until 2025. These improvements will not take effect until January 1, 2022.
Carney said at the signing ceremony: “This is an important day and a happy day for Delaware workers.”
“What we are doing is really important,” the governor added. “There are many people who go to work every day, work hard, and support their families. When you consider our work as public officials, nothing is more important than giving everyone this opportunity.”
Delaware is the tenth state to pass legislation raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia have approved measures to increase the minimum wage to $15.
Virginia also passed a minimum wage increase earlier this year, with an annual increase of $1.50 from 2021 to 2026. However, plans to increase wages of US$13.50 and US$15 per hour in 2025 and 2026 respectively will not take effect unless legislation is passed and re-enacted by the General Assembly.
Actions at the state level to increase workers’ wages come as the federal minimum wage has stagnated for more than a decade.
president Joe Biden Attempt to double the US$7.25 federal minimum wage in the US rescue plan, which is a US$1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue plan, but the measure was ultimately rejected.
In April, Biden issued an executive order requiring certain federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $15. The salary increase will take effect on January 30, 2022.
Senate Democratic Party The “Wage Increase Act” of 37 co-sponsors has been reintroduced and won, which will raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The bill has not yet been voted on.
With the federal government’s inaction on this issue, some companies have already assumed the responsibility of raising employee wages on their own. Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, McDonald’s, Bank of America, Target and other companies have raised minimum wages in the past few years.
A new report from the National Low-Income Housing Alliance shows that in the United States, no state, county or city can afford a two-bedroom rental unit for a minimum wage employee who works 40 hours a week.
The study found that in all counties across the country, only 7% of full-time employees can afford the minimum wage for a one-bedroom rental unit.
“The minimum wage cannot pay rent anywhere in the country. However, $15 an hour is somehow’too much?'” Caifornia Congressman Ro Khanna responded to the report on Twitter. “I want to see my colleague Congress Live there, then come back and report. “