Minimum wage; increases from its current federally mandated level to $8.00 per hour. (SB681)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Minimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $8.00 per hour effective July 1, 2015, to $9.00 per hour effective July 1, 2016, and to $10.10 per hour effective July 1, 2017, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


10/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100390D
10/06/2014Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/2015Committee substitute printed 15100678D-S1
01/19/2015Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)


Laura Dely writes:

Thank you Sens. Marsden & Simon! Virginia needs a raise - especially the low-income citizens. Minimum wage has been raised at the federal level more than 20 times, with stronger growth following each increase. We have just about stopped giving the lowest earners a raise to keep up with cost of living, and certainly not with the increases in productvity that they helped to create.

The data show that paying the working poor a fair wage translates into increased spending and a boost in demand - just what our sluggish economy needs. One third of minimum wage earners are parents, most of them are single parents. It is a moral outrage that we allow CEO's to be paid more than $10,000 an hour while denying their workers at the bottom of the scale a raise to lift them out of poverty.

The only provision I would add is that tipped employees shall earn at least 50% of the Virginia or the Federal minimum wage, which ever is greater.