USA Today Network: Kristen Deptula: A $15 minimum wage will help Delaware businesses succeed

Op-Ed By Kristen Deptula
Special to the USA TODAY Network, Wilmington News Journal, June 17, 2021

As the Delaware House of Representatives considers legislation to raise the minimum wage, I encourage lawmakers to remember this: The economy reflects a continuous cycle of earning and spending, so when workers are making more money, they spend more, driving our economy forward.  

I support the minimum wage increase to $15 by 2025 passed by the Delaware Senate in March. Raising the minimum wage will be good for my small business and good for Delaware.

Delaware’s $9.25 per hour minimum wage is too low for someone working full-time to cover rent, utilities, transportation, food and other necessities. It’s too low a minimum wage to drive the consumer spending we need for a strong economy.

Raising Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 will promote a more robust economic recovery from the pandemic for both working people and businesses ...

Kristen Deptula is owner of Canalside Inn in Rehoboth Beach and a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.

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