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Democratic lawmakers eye $15 minimum wage in Delaware

June 3, 2019

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are proposing to increase Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The proposal comes after Democrats who control both chambers of the General Assembly rammed through a minimum wage increase in the middle of the night on the final day of last year’s session.

Republicans then withheld support for a key budget bill until Democrats agreed to delay implementation of the increase and to allow employers to pay minors and adult probationary workers a training wage 50 cents less than the minimum wage.

The current minimum wage of $8.75 increases to $9.25 per hour on Oct. 1.

A bill introduced Friday would increase the minimum wage to $11 on Jan. 1, 2020, followed by a $1 raise at the start of each year until it hits $15 in 2024.

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