Minimum wage bill fails, but we’re still fighting income inequality

We won’t see an increase in Virginia’s minimum wage this year, but we took a big step forward!

Senator Dave Marsden and Delegate Ken Plum both introduced bills in this year’s General Assembly that would increase the minimum wage to $8.25/hour on July 1, 2014 and to $9.25/hour on July 1, 2015.

Senator Marsden’s bill was voted on by the Senate last week and was passed. This vote only got to the Senate floor because of the work our members did in special elections in the 6th district, supporting Lynwood Lewis and in the 33rd district supporting Jennifer Wexton. We won on the Senate floor because of the work our members did to get Ralph Northam elected as Lieutenant Governor.

This was a historic vote in the Senate. One year ago no one would have believed it was possible to get a bill increasing the minimum wage passed in the Senate.

Later in the week, the House defeated the bill, so we will not see the increase this year. However, this is an issue that we will work to continue to build support for between now and next year’s session. We have made income inequality a real topic of debate in Richmond and have the chance to build momentum in 2014 elections.

There is a chance for your voice to be heard about income inequality and the minimum wage this week! Senator Dave Marsden, Senator Dick Saslaw and Delegate Kaye Kory will hold a town hall Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Falls Church. This is a great opportunity to thank them for supporting an increase in the minimum wage and urge them to keep fighting for the other issues we still want to win this legislative session.

What: Town Hall with Senators Marsden and Saslaw and Delegate Kory
When: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 22
Where: Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, 3333 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044

 


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