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Should Virginia raise the minimum wage, which stands at $7.25 an hour?

“Multiple bills before the legislature would raise Virginia’s minimum wage gradually over the course of several years. Although the bills vary, most would boost the standard to $9-$10 per hour by July and to $15 per hour with in the next three to five years. Worker groups are backing HB 395 by Del. Jean Ward,” WTVR Channel 6 in Richmond reports.

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No to northam
January 26, 2020 at 4:52 pm
$15 an hour for min wage would be devastating to most companies.

Not only would prices just up to offset the cost of labor, the middle end jobs would also have to go up in wage as someone making $15-$18 an hour now is not going to be happy with making minimum wage or slightly over compared to now.

Everything off sets as said below ..the goal in life is not to work a minimum wage job anyway, that is a starting point for kids , and people needing something to get bye. The goal is to gain a skill to make your value higher as an employee.

My company offers a $15 min wage as we are sales based so a bad week we are guaranteed $15 an hour, that said we generally make $23-$30 an hour with some making $45+ an hr
The $15 is only to cover you a** on a bad week not a goal to make.. min wage should be looked at same way. Seperate yourself from the pack gain value as an employee and build your value for the company.

$9-$10 hr min wage would be about maximum that makes it viable for an employer, anything else is going to be robots or illegal aliens filling the jobs for much less. Sad but true.
Mark House
January 24, 2020 at 2:32 pm
Wages go up, rents go up, cost of doing business goes up, it's a vicious circle. I've noticed all the prices in the local restaurants have gone up about 15% in the last 4 months. Still $7.25 an hour is a wage from 10-15 years ago. Raise it to a least $10 or provide more benefits to offset that $7.25 an hour. Give people an incentive to work there.
January 16, 2020 at 2:16 pm
How about this question: Why not make minimum wage $100k/year? Obviously, companies can't pay that much for a typical job. But it's not like there is a line that gets crossed and suddenly all the low level jobs vanish. It's a curve. Raise minimum wage by $.01, and a few people will lose jobs. Raise it by $10 and a LOT of people lose jobs. If you're comfortable with that, then vote yes.

Have you been to a McDonald's lately? There's one register and five automated kiosks. Sure, that one worker is making more money than he would have before, but those five other people are gone and making zero. Keep hiking minimum wage and there will be no registers left in a McDonalds. Just kiosks and food made by machines.
January 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm
"Just 1 man's opinion , not looking for a argument here."

Not looking for an argument here? What do you think the comments section is all about?

January 10, 2020 at 1:03 pm
Raising the wage to that rate is like raising ticket price's at the movie , everyone's going to pay for it . Cost & effect , that balancing game . But that being said & being a father of 4 kids , I know all to well how hard it is getting started in your life , it's a vicious circle . Raise wages , raise taxes , raise rent , food & gas go up and in the end you end up no further ahead . Just 1 man's opinion , not looking for a argument here .
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