City Council to consider minimum wage acceleration

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The Richmond City Council is set to consider increasing the city’s hourly minimum wage to $15 by January 2019, amending the 2014 city ordinance that calls for increasing the minimum wage in phases to $13 by January 2018.

The proposed ordinance, set to be discussed at the next council meeting on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m., would increase the minimum wage to $13.41 per hour in January 2018 before jumping to $15 in January 2019. The proposed ordinance includes recommendations to eliminate exemptions in the 2014 minimum wage ordinance.

Richmond’s current minimum wage of $12.30 an hour, which went into effect on January 1, was an increase over the previous minimum wage of $11.52.

The meeting will be held at Richmond’s Community Services Building, 440 Civic Center Plaza.

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