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House Commerce & Labor - Subcommittee #2"


Minimum wage; increases to $9.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019.


Minimum wage. ;Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour effective July 1, 2019, to $10 per hour effective January 1, 2020, to $11 per hour effective January 1, 2021, to $13 per hour effective January 1, 2022, and to $15 per hour effective January 1, 2023, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). For 2024 and thereafter, the annual minimum wage shall be adjusted to reflect increases in the consumer price index. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA.

Marcus B. Simon

This bill would be a gradual and responsible ramp up of the minimum wage to minimize any negative impacts on small businesses. ; Many localities and other states are already on this path and are not seeing the negative impacts that some have warned about. ; Generally there is agreement that working a full time job should pay better than public assistance. ; ;

(Chair Hugo asked that speakers limit their statements and paired discussion of this bill with HB 2157.)  ;VA Catholic Conference, Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis: most reliable economic reports show the positive effects of increasing the minimum wage, 4 others spoke in support. Several stated that they were specifically in favor of Simon';s bill. ;

Opposition: Restaurant, Travel &; Lodging Association: a Cornell study on minimum wage showed the negative effects, the city of Seattle also released a report showing that workers worked fewer hours and had less cumulative income; VA Retail Association; Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance; Roanoke Chamber of Commerce; 3 others spoke in opposition

Del. Toscano: The opposition wouldn';t be happy with any raise in the minimum wage. ; Seattle was a dramatic jump; this is a modest increase. ; Most studies ;show a positive impact over the long term especially with ;gradual increases. ;

Del. Bell: In the last ten years the number of minimum wage workers in Viriginia have decreased. ; In states where the minimum wage has been increased, there is also an average increase in the age of the minimum wage workers. ; Finally, because the federal minimum isn';t increased then the standards for housing remains the same and this could be a case where workers then make too much to qualify for federal programs. ;

Failed to Report

Yea: Ward, Lindsey, Toscano; Nay: Hugo, Marshall, R. Bell, Yancey, Head; Kilgore not present to vote

Minimum Wage