City Council to consider minimum wage acceleration

State of the City: Richmond faces difficult financial road

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.


  1. Yes do it. It worked wonders for Seattle whose unemployment rate jumped up, because the businesses moved to cities who does not impose this.

    McDonalds already has computers in beta testing to replace workers, so yes do this let’s make Richmond even more unemployed again.