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Efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Delaware appear to be at an end this legislative session.

WBOC reports that the measure is not listed for a hearing with the Senate Finance Committee after getting approval from another legislative panel.

The television station reports that Senate President David McBride also indicated that bill is not likely to come up for a vote this session.

In the previous year Republicans threatened to withhold their support for the capital budget when Democrats made a similar attempt.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal to increase Delaware's minimum wage to $15 an hour has cleared its first legislative hurdle despite vocal opposition from the business and agriculture communities.

The Democrat-led Senate Labor Committee released the bill Wednesday after a lengthy public hearing during which most speakers criticized the proposal.

The bill increases the minimum wage to $11 on Jan. 1, 2020, followed by a $1 raise at the start of each year until it hits $15 in 2024. The minimum wage would then be tied to consumer price index.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill striking Jim Crow-era exceptions from Virginia's minimum-wage law, and he formed a commission to find other discriminatory language in state laws and regulations.

The bill the Democrat signed Tuesday eliminates an exemption in state law that said certain jobs traditionally held by African Americans, including ushers and doormen, didn't have to pay minimum wage.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has formed a new commission tasked with finding discriminatory language in state laws and regulations.

Northam signed an executive order Tuesday establishing the commission and tasking it issue findings by November.

The order came same day as the governor held a ceremonial bill signing ceremony that struck Jim Crow-era exceptions from the state's minimum wage law. Previously, state law said certain jobs traditionally held by African Americans, including ushers and doormen, were exempt from paying minimum wage.

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The Maryland General Assembly closed out its ninty-day session this month with the passing House Speaker Michael Busch. Delmarva Public Radio spoke with Len Lazaarick, editor and publisher of marylandreporter.com about its impact and what was accomplished this year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has become the sixth state in the nation to approve a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.

The Maryland General Assembly overrode Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the measure Thursday.

The measure will raise the state's minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025. The first increase will be to $11 next year. Businesses with fewer than 14 employees will have until July of 2026 to reach $15.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $15, as well as a measure to give local school boards the ability to decide whether school starts before or after Labor Day.

The Republican governor announced the vetoes on Wednesday. He also vetoed a bill that would remove regulatory authority over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline from the Maryland comptroller's office.

Hogan says the minimum wage increase would hurt the state's economy. He says the other two bills are "politically motivated legislation." 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to raising the state's minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025.

The House and Senate voted Wednesday for a compromise. That sends the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan, who opposes the measure. The House and Senate passed the bill with enough votes to override a veto.

The minimum wage would increase to $11 in January. It would then go up 75 cents a year to $14 in 2024, and then reach $15 in the following year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

The Senate voted 32-15 along party lines on Thursday for the bill. Democrats who control the General Assembly have made the measure a priority this session.

The House also has approved raising the minimum wage to $15, but the chambers have passed different versions of the legislation.

For example, the Senate bill gives businesses with fewer than 15 employees until 2028 to comply.

Maryland's minimum wage is currently $10.10.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to raise Maryland's minimum wage has advanced in the House of Delegates.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval on Wednesday. Delegates may vote on the legislation this week. The measure would then go to the Senate.

The measure would raise the minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 in increments by 2025.

It would first rise to $11 at the start of next year. It would then go up 75 cents each year to $14 in 2024, before reaching $15 in 2025.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill to eliminate a new training wage in Delaware that they agreed to last year to break a budget stalemate.

The training wage was proposed by Republican Rep. Mike Ramone after Democrats rammed through a minimum-wage increase in the middle of the night on the final day of the session with no GOP support.

Angry Republicans responded by withholding support for a key budget bill.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Making prescription drugs more affordable and raising the minimum wage are expected to be among the top issues Maryland lawmakers are expected to debate when they gather for their annual legislative session next week.

Lawmakers convene Wednesday for their 90-day session. There will be a record number of women legislators, 72 out of 188 members.

Lawmakers will debate a variety of health care issues, including high prescription drug costs and potentially restoring an individual mandate for health insurance.

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The minimum wage in the Christiana Care Health System is going up to $15 an hour.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this will effect around 500 employees.

Most of them do clerical, technical or service work.

Christiana Care President and CEO Janice Nevin called the move “the right thing to do for the health of our community.”

She noted that there is a strong correlation between financial health and physical health.

The move comes after Amazon said it was raising its minimum wage to $15 which is above the federal state minimum wages.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Carper is defending his voting record during three terms in the Senate against challenger Kerri Lynn Harris, a political newcomer and progressive community activist waging a grassroots campaign to try to unseat him.

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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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have reintroduced legislation to increase Delaware's current $8.25 minimum wage by $2 over four years despite a similar measure stalling in the General Assembly last year.

A bill introduced Thursday would increase the minimum wage in four 50-cent increments starting October 1 of this year, 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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has joined a group of labor and community activists at a rally in support of raising Virginia's minimum wage and offering driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Dozens of people gathered Thursday outside the Capitol for the demonstration.

Northam, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, said it's impossible for Virginians to support their families on the current $7.25 minimum wage.

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A new public opinion finds that 61 percent of Delawareans support legalizing the use of marijuana.

The survey by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication also found that there was also a majority that support the death penalty for murder, Obamacare and increasing the minimum wage.

WBOC reports that Representative John Carney who is running for governor supports the current decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana but takes a wait and see position on legalization.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Service Employees International Union president Mary Kay Henry told participants at a Virginia convention that they were heroes and heroines for not being afraid to take to the streets to protest for higher wages.

Henry spoke Friday at the first-ever "Fight for $15 Convention" in Richmond. Workers from around the country were gathering at the union-backed convention to press for a $15 minimum wage nationwide.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch  reports Henry told participants: "We have your back, and we will have your back until we win."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of workers are heading to Virginia's capital city to push for higher wages.

The first-ever "Fight for $15 Convention" is being held in Richmond on Friday and Saturday.

Workers are gathering to press for a $15 minimum wage nationwide. Organizers say the event is expected to draw thousands of low-wage workers from the fast food, retail and farming industries, among others.

The event kicks off Friday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with remarks from Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore City Council has voted to move forward a bill that seeks to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Media outlets report the council voted 7-4 Monday to back a plan to steadily raise the rate from the state's current $8.75 minimum through 2022.

A final vote on the proposal is expected to occur Aug. 15. To pass, it would need the support of at least eight of the 15 council members.

The city does not have a minimum wage. Employers in Baltimore are required to pay the state minimum wage, $8.75 an hour.

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