A proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage is headed to the Senate floor.
Senate Bill 39 increases Delaware’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.25 per hour by 1919 a figure similar to the one proposed by the Obama administration for a national minimum wage.
An amendment to the bill would go a step further.
According to the amendment, the minimum wage would increase by 50 cents a year beginning in 2016 and ending in 2019, and adds additional provisions increasing the minimum wage by $1.20 a year beginning in 2020 and ending in 2023.
Removed was a cost of living adjustment that in the current economy would bring only small gains in the base wage . However, some economists are predicting a higher rate of inflation at some point that would drive up the COLA formula.