Minimum wage; increases minimum wage from its current federally mandated level. (HB1444)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Minimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $10.00 per hour effective July 1, 2017, to $12.50 per hour effective July 1, 2019, and to $15.00 per hour effective July 1, 2021, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Amends § 40.1-28.10, § 40.1-28.9, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
11/30/2016Committee
11/30/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100286D
11/30/2016Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1444)
01/17/2017Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/2017Left in Commerce and Labor

Comments

James Vollmer writes:

I am in favor of this bill.

Laura Dely writes:

Why do we have to wait so long to raise the minimum wage to a reasonable rate? It's so low now, raising it to $15 in 2017 would just begin to catch it up to where it should be. Why when a majority who are paid a minimum wage are a parent, why when millions who work in retail can't even get full time hours, why when raising the minimum wage has been proven to have no adverse economic effects ever, why when retail executives are paid so many millions they are listed in the Forbes 400 Richest People in the World?
Also as a tax payer, I resent having my tax dollars rather than some business profits, pay for business employees' housing subsidies, food stamps, and health care. And from my Federal taxes come the Republican-vaunted "Earned Income Tax Credit," which is just another shift from business responsibilty to taxpayers. We need to make America Great Again through Shared Prosperty, the way business used to share profits with employees, share holders, and of course, executives. Our economy thrived when this was the way of doing business, and our social program spending was far less than it is today. Raise the minimum wage now, and see the rest of the economy thrive, wages all over rise except at the very undeserving top.

walte Moore writes:

Yes. I agree, why so little, so long. Why do people working have to get food stamps, ma, adc, etc, etc. The business should be paying a wage that can provide for all that, along with health ins and retirement. Business should be going after the costs of hospitals, drugs, med equip, etc. Not just sitting on the side, allowing no government can not negotiate with drug companies. Who in the business world would agree with that. Virginia can change that in Virginia for all of us. Yes you can. Moreover, more money at the bottom, more money spent, more jobs, etc. All around, we are all better. And for some companies, the ceo, cfo, coo, cio, cpo, cmo, etc, and the staff are paid (compensated with salary, benefits, trips, phones, tax prep, stock options, cars, etc) way to much compared to the workers on the floor, on the line, in the field. No way should it be 30x, 40x, 50x, 100x, 100x more.

Jay A Hufton writes:

Here in America politicians constantly talk about the dignity and value of hard work. However, when it actually comes to paying an individual a livable, fair wage one, party is uniquely silent. The time to raise the minimum wage is now. Virginia'state workers do not need partisan economic spin and double talk from political corporate mouthpieces. They need a raise to provide for their families.

Jay A Hufton writes:

Here in America politicians constantly talk about the dignity and value of hard work. However, when it actually comes to paying an individual a livable, fair wage one, party is uniquely silent. The time to raise the minimum wage is now. Virginia's workers do not need partisan economic spin and double talk from political corporate mouthpieces. They need a raise to provide for their families.