Don Rush

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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Delaware lawmakers were resistant to a proposal by Attorney General Matt Denn to use the $36 million from a financial settlement for social programs.

These ranged from housing programs and low-income schools to community policing and substance abuse.

During an appearance before the General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee yesterday both Democrats and Republicans suggested they were more interested in funding other kinds of programs.

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-led House committee has killed a proposal to raise Virginia's minimum wage.

The House Committee on Commerce and Labor voted Tuesday to table a proposal aimed at raising incrementally the state's minimum wage above the current $7.25 an hour to $10 an hour by 2010.

Proponents included liberal activists and labor officials. They said raising the state's current minimum wage would help low-income workers escape poverty.