Del. minimum wage poised to rise, business owners talk impact

DELAWARE – It’s official. By 2025, all employers in Delaware must pay their staff at least $15 an hour. As it stands, Delaware’s minimum wage is $9.25 an hour. But the local business community says many local workers are already making that coveted cash. “I think this tight labor market has pushed everybody towards that number. So, I can’t imagine that there’s anybody out there that isn’t already being paid $13 or $14 an hour for jobs that would traditionally pay $10 or $11 an hour,” said Owner of Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen Warren Rosenfeld.

In fact, the Rehoboth Beach Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce says they stand against increasing the wage. They say that’s because with a raise in minimum wage could come a raise in consumer prices. Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Carrie Lingo says that has a trickle down effect. “Let the market dictate the values because most of the restaurants and the business owners will…

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