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Might Delaware Increase Minimum Wage by $2 Over 4 Years?

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    Might Delaware Increase Minimum Wage by $2 Over 4 Years?
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    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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    A similar bill passed the Democrat-led Senate last year but stalled in the House amid opposition from small-business owners.

    Supporters say an increase would help struggling low-wage earners. Opponents believe it would lead to businesses hiring fewer workers and passing on any wage increase to consumers, making goods and services more expensive.