Minimum wage; increases wage to $11 per hour effective July 1, 2017. (HB2309)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt)


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 $11 per hour effective July 1, 2017, and to $15 per hour effective July 1, 2019, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective July 1. 2020, the minimum wage shall be adjusted annually to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index over the most recent calendar year. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA. Amends § 40.1-28.10, § 40.1-28.9, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2017Presented and ordered printed 17103167D
01/12/2017Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2017Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/26/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2309)
02/08/2017Left in Commerce and Labor


Laura Dely writes:

Virginia needs a minimum wage increase. Our U.S. Economy now employs so many people in part-time positions that pay misererly minimum wage. Even working full time at minimum wage presses anyone to make ends meet, and that's just if you are trying to support yourself. Add to that you are just over the official poverty line if you work full time at minimum wage, so you don't qualify for any aid of any kind. Add to that the fact that 2/3 of minimum wage recipients are parents. Our whole economy benefits when we ensure that the wage floor is solidly above the poverty line. Tax payer social benefits are reduced and the golden fleece that when reached increases consumer spending. There is usually a bump up in other wages too when you raise the minimum wage. Overall, it moves us closer to a time when we once had a thriving economy, which was based on a shared prosperity. That period began to end about 1969, when the minimum wage was equal in today's dollars to just about $19.69.
That's the truth about this floor of wages that is undereported. At a time when CEOs now are paid 300 times what their average employee is paid, the ratio between their minimum wage employees is just off the chart.
Jesus worked to help the neediest - that was his ministry on earth. The Republican-led Virginia legislature appears to work for the Chamber of Commerce and ALEC, who in turn work for businesses who seem to never have enough, who seem to have an insatiable appetitite of avarice.