Last week, another state decided to raise the minimum wage to $ 15. That’s Delaware, where the minimum wage will hit $ 15 in 2025. It will increase from $ 9.25 an hour to $ 10.50 on January 1st. Delaware joins California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have all decided to increase it gradually to $ 15. The District of Columbia is already there and hit $ 15.20 earlier in the month. Virginia recently passed a minimum wage hike that could rise to $ 15 in 2026 if state lawmakers re-enforce it – minimum wage workers there received their first hike from $ 7.25 an hour to $ 9.50 per hour.
President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that raises the minimum wage for federal entrepreneurs to $ 15 an hour.
Increasing the minimum wage is an established and popular measure. A recent poll advocated a $ 15 minimum wage at 62%, and those votes – including in Florida in 2020 when the state voted for Donald Trump – show that this isn’t just something people tell pollsters. But Republican lawmakers are bitter against it, even if many Republican voters support it. And that’s why the minimum wage is still stuck at $ 7.25 an hour in 20 states, 12 years after the federal rate was last raised.