May 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Virginia raises minimum wage to $9.50 starting Saturday

Picture of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Virginia's minimum wage will be raised to $9.50 from $7.25 starting Saturday under a bill that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed into law last year.

Details: The rate will increase to $12 an hour by Jan. 1, 2023. The law was initially meant to take effect last July, but that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reports.

  • Northam and the Virginia legislature said that since businesses were struggling due to the pandemic, they did not want to put more pressure on them, per the Post.

The big picture, via the Post: "Virginia joins 29 other states plus the District in setting a higher minimum wage than the national floor."

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