The priority for the 2021 Session should be to help Delaware businesses and workers recover from the impact of COVID—19. Despite what employers and workers have been through, a draft of a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026—which would amount to a 61.6% increase—has been drafted and circulated for co-sponsorship. This bill will result in job loss and even more businesses struggling to keep their doors open.
The unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage have already been seen in New York, San Francisco, and Illinois. In San Francisco and New York, the restaurant industry has been hit especially hard by the measure, with many businesses raising prices (and losing customers), cutting hours, reducing staff, and some even filing for bankruptcy. When New York City’s minimum wage was raised to $15 per hour, there was an overall decline in restaurant workers, despite total employment increasing by more than 163,000 workers in the city.
Businesses want to pay their workers more, but government-mandated increases in wages hurt employment and the overall economy. Tell your legislator to help their constituents, Delaware workers, and Delaware businesses by defeating this bill.