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The battle over the Delaware state budget ended just in time for the new fiscal year.

It came when Democrats and Republicans hammered out increase in the minimum wage of $9.25 an hour next year along with provisions that included a training wage.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state budget was helped by an extra $390 million to allow Governor John Carney to sign a $4.2 billion spending plan along with a $49 million supplemental bill for state pay raises and one time bonuses.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are taking another look at raising the state's minimum wage after a bill hiking the wage by a dollar over two years was narrowly defeated in the Senate back in March.

The failed legislation would have increased the current minimum wage of $8.25 an hour to $8.75 an hour on Oct. 1, and by another 50 cents next year to $9.25 an hour effective Oct. 1, 2019.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are eyeing a proposal to increase the state's minimum wage.

A bill to be voted on by the state Senate on Tuesday would increase the current minimum wage of $8.25 an hour to $8.75 an hour on Oct. 1.

The wage would then increase another 50 cents next year to $9.25 an hour effective Oct. 1, 2019.

Supporters say the higher wage will stimulate the economy and help low-income families.

Opponents counter that it will lead to higher prices that will negatively affect low-wage earners and result in fewer hires.

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There’s only a week left in the Delaware state legislative session.

And state Senate leaders told the Wilmington News Journal that they do not intend to hold votes on issues like hiking the minimum wage or re-instating the death penalty.

Much of the discussion is being taken up with last minute negotiations over the state budget which is facing a $350 million shortfall.

Legislative leaders say proposed tax hikes are still up in the air along propose budget cuts that proved extremely unpopular during the early going of the budgetary process.

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A vote on legislation that would have gradually increased to minimum wage to over 10 an hour was delayed yesterday in the Delaware General Assembly.

The measure would raise the minimum wage by 50 cents a year until it reaches $10.25 an hour.

After 2020 the increase would be based on the cost of living increase under the federal Social Security Act.

Supporters of the increase say it would help low-income families while opponents say it would hurt businesses.

Governor John Carney supports the increase.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote on legislation increasing Delaware's current $8.25 minimum wage by $2 over four years.

Tuesday's scheduled vote comes after a similar measure stalled in the General Assembly last year.

The bill would increase the minimum wage in four 50-cent increments, starting Oct. 1, to $10.25 an hour in October 2020.

After 2020, the minimum wage would increase by a percentage equal to the cost-of-living adjustment under the federal Social Security Act.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Democratic Party has elected a new chairman.

Erik Raser-Schramm was elected at the state party convention on Saturday.

He will succeed John Daniello, who has overseen the party in the state since 2005. He is one of the longest-serving state party chairs in the country.

The party also has approved a platform. It includes support for a $15 minimum wage, fighting to overturn the Citizens United court case and equal pay for equal work.

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Former president of the NAACP Ben Jealous has launched his bid to become governor of Maryland.

He made the announcement yesterday and he is the second Democrat join the race to unseat incumbent Republican Larry Hogan.

The 44 year-old Jealous has been an outspoken progressive who backed Bernie Sanders last year in the Democratic presidential primary.

Taking aim at Hogan he charged that the governor has aligned himself the extreme members of the President Trump’s administration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Sen. Bernie Sanders is endorsing Democrat Tom Perriello in Virginia governor's race.
 
Sanders announced the endorsement in a statement Tuesday morning, saying progressives must be elected "at every level of government if we are going to beat back the dangerous agenda of the Trump administration and its Republican allies."
 
The former congressman faces Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the June Democratic primary.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's minimum wage would rise to $15 over several years under a measure before state lawmakers.

Del. Jeffrey Waldstreicher, a Montgomery County Democrat, outlined the bill Tuesday before a House committee.

Maryland's minimum wage is now set to reach $9.25 an hour in July and increase to $10.10 in July of 2018. The bill would raise it to $12 in July 2019. It would go up a dollar each year after that, until it reaches $15 in July 2022.

The measure would phase in the increases by a dollar less a year for businesses with 25 employees or fewer.

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