Bill aims to raise Virginia’s minimum wage to $15.15 by mid 2015

by | Jan 8, 2015 | POLITICS

As minimum wage bills aim to push lower-income earners around the country above the poverty line, Virginia could join the fold.

As minimum wage bills aim to push lower-income earners around the country above the poverty line, Virginia could join the fold.

Delegate Marcus Simon (D-Fairfax) has proposed HB 1512, which would raise Virginia’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15.15.

“Higher wages are the best way to stimulate economic growth, allowing people to spend more money and increase consumption that will boost the local, regional and state economy,” said Del. Simon in a press release sent out earlier this week.

If Simon’s bill passes, it would require all employers to pay a minimum wage of $15.15/hour by July 2015. After that, yearly increases would be tied to the Consumer Price Index, which Simon said would “ensure that the wage remains a dynamic amount that reflects current inflation rates.”

“[January 5th] is the 101st anniversary of Henry Ford’s landmark decision to raise the wage of his employees to $5.00 per hour,” Simon said, commenting on MD’s wage increase to $8.00 and DC’s $9.50.

“If our neighbors see the benefit in investing in their workers, we should too.”

“As a home care provider I work hard every day to care for people with disabilities, but my wages make it difficult to care for myself and my family. A $15.15 minimum wage means I won’t have to choose between paying my bills and putting food on the table,” explained Lauralyn Clark, a home care provider and SEIU Virginia 512 member.

“Delegate Simon’s bill will help working families get ahead, not just get by,” stated Tram Nguyen of New Virginia Majority. “Raising the minimum wage would put more money into the pockets of hard working Americans, giving them more money to spend, which in turn boosts our economy.”

“The Federal minimum wage has not been indexed to keep up with ordinary inflation,” said Simon. “Although recent indicators tell us the national economy is growing, for too many their household budgets are not.”

HB 1512 is currently awaiting committee approval, and RVAMag will be following this bill as it progresses.

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner

more in politics

RVA Magazine And GayRVA Endorse Virginia Senator Jennifer McClellan

RVA Magazine and GayRVA are proud to endorse Virginia Senator Jennifer McClellan for Virginia's 4th congressional district to continue the progressive legacy of the late Rep. Donald McEachin and represent us in the United States House of Representatives. Our team...

Art & Country: A Sunday Essay

Back in April, I had the great privilege of visiting the Louvre for the first time. The many works in that historic museum exceeded all my expectations and kept me enthralled for the all too short three hours I spent inside. As closing time approached, museum staff...

We want to raise awareness of the situation in Iran with a mural

ed. note: In light of fact checking this morning we have to retract the information presented on our platforms yesterday and clarify that Iran has NOT sentenced 15,000 protestors to the death penalty but the possibly remains they could in the future. We apologize for...

You Beto Work 2: A Bumble Love Letter to Beto O’Rourke

Fall calls for late nights and warm blankets, lost in the small glare of the light from my phone. Tired of endlessly swiping right on the same balding white guy named Jeff holding a spotted bass he is entirely too proud of. Tinder? Never. I’m far higher brow than...

Dissociative Gaze Into The Abyss: A Sunday Essay

Is the revival of the 2014 Tumblr girl how the internet copes with the end of the world?  The dissociative pout, also referred to as the dissociative gaze, was first coined by i-D Magazine in the 2022 article “The cult of the dissociative pout” by Rayne Fisher-Quann,...

Pin It on Pinterest