Minimum wage; effects of increasing the in the Commonwealth. (HJ72)

Introduced By

Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; effects of increasing the minimum wage in the Commonwealth; report. Requests the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to study the effects of increasing the minimum wage in the Commonwealth. In conducting its study, the VEC is directed to examine several variations in minimum wage increases, including raising it to different levels, limiting such an increase to employers of a certain size, and adopting an age-based minimum wage. The VEC is directed to report its findings to the Governor and the General Assembly by the 2017 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102095D
01/06/2016Referred to Committee on Rules
01/26/2016Assigned to sub: Studies
01/26/2016Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/28/2016Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 2-N)
02/16/2016Left in Rules


Bill P writes:

government assigned wages never work well
see EU /Greece etc

Labor Laura writes:

We have our own economic history to examine to find that establishing a minimum wage not less than one-half the median wage is fair and sustainable. Our economy started to grow unstable 30 years ago when we began to cheat working people of their fair share of the wealth they help create, and gave it instead to executives and shareholders who in turn repealed financial regulations and cut their taxes.
Do we want to follow China into the dirty, cheap country concerned only with commerce it has become, or do we want to reverse course and return to a country that could provide for a broad-based prosperity of its citizenry, and create a path out of poverty for those who need it.
We could begin by raising the minimum wage to one half the median wage. We should follow this with a study of the impact of raising taxes on the wealthy, which I believe would be a way to restore fiscal heath, and create a more just society.