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Bill to increase Virginia’s minimum wage voted down

Bill to increase Virginia’s minimum wage voted down
Posted at 5:23 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 15:15:27-05

RICHMOND, Va. – A bill to increase Virginia’s minimum wage previously passed the Commerce and Labor Committee and was headed to the full Senate.

Frank Wagner

The bill would have raised the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10 per hour.

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The new wages would go into effect on July 1, then increase to $13 an hour in 2020 and to $15 an hour by 2021.

Local delegates Frank Wagner, Tommy Norment, Louise Lucas, and Lionel Spruill voted in favor of the bill.

On January 21, the State Senate voted the bill down and it did not pass. The votes were 21-19.

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