Minimum wage. (SB978)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


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 $10.00 per hour effective July 1, 2017, to $13 per hour effective July 1, 2018, and to $15 per hour effective July 1, 2019, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101032D
01/03/2017Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB978)
01/16/2017Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)


frank papcin writes:

this is the kind of law that kill jobs
jobs for our young to get
if this politician had any brains they would be trying to create jobs, not kill them
he should be trying to bring work into our state & not be creating laws tat will keep them out.
wages should be determined by supply and demand,
the better you are, the more you get paid.
not forcing businesses to either not hire or keep firing people until they get someone worth the expense of hiring them in the first place.
while I'm here mouthing off
no welfare recipient should receive more than the lowest wage earned in that city.
---after all,why should they work when they get more staying home doing nothing but raising children, the same as those people working for a living.

Laura Dely writes:

Thank you, Seantors Dance & Lucas for introducing this common sense, economy strengthening, family supporting wage bill. There is only research that proves there is no job loss from raising minimum wage, and plenty of studies that show that at least 60% of minimum wage workers today are parents. Pay the low wage workers decently and you will see other worker's wages rise, and with that government programs that support low-wage workers pay out less.
For those who think you can get benefits without working - you are wrong, so we can spend less supporting bussinesses in their responsiblity to share their prosperity - not by paying executives and shareholders more, but by adding back low wage employees via a descent minimum wage.
We should all contact our legislators today and ask them to become co-patrons of this bill. Where is the Progressive caucus? They should introduce this in the House and get every member of the caucus to patron the bill.