Now the question is, will our wonderfully Democratic Governor John Carney sign it, or veto it?
Senate Bill 15 passed by a vote of 26-15. All Democrats voted in favor. All Republicans voted against. So whenever a Republican tells you they are for the working people, slap them directly in the face for lying to you. This vote proves that they are not.
All of the Republican Amendments to the bill (1 though 8) were defeated on party line votes of 26-15. The last Amendment, the one from Democrat Rae Moore to create a Small Business Wage, delaying the implementation of the minimum wage increase for workers of small businesses, was defeated originally by a vote of 16-22-3, with Moore voting yes for her own amendment, and three Democrats, Bill Bush, Bill Carson and Andria Bennett all not voting. All three changed their vote to no afterwards, but we saw that guys.
|Senate Bill 15 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Walsh, Brown, Pinkney, Townsend, Ennis, Gay, Lockmman, Hansen, Mantzavinos, S.McBride, Paradee, Poore, Sturgeon, Sokola||Senate Passed 14-7. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh||Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson|
|Brady, Dorsey Walker, Kowalko, Lambert, Longhurst, Osienski, K.Williams, Baumbach, Bolden, Bentz, Cooke, Chukwuocha, Heffernan, Lynn, Minor-Brown, Morrison, Mitchell, Wilson-Anton||House Passed 26-15. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton||Briggs King Collins D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick|
|Current Status||Sent to the Governor.|
Under Senate Bill 15, Delaware’s base hourly wage would increase to $10.50 on January 1, 2022 – allowing time for the state’s small business sector to recover from the pandemic. The bill would add another $1.25 raise in 2023, followed by a $1.50 raise in 2024 and a $1.75 raise in 2025.
On May 1, Delaware’s current minimum wage will be lower than the base pay required in four out of five surrounding Mid-Atlantic states, including New York ($12.50), New Jersey ($12), Maryland ($11.75) and Virginia ($9.50). Each of those states is already on track to reach a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2025. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed raising the Keystone State’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2027.