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Minimum wage mandate means making more money in Virginia

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Published: May. 1, 2021 at 9:04 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Minimum wage workers in Virginia are making about 27 percent more now that a state-mandated increase has taken effect.

The minimum wage in the commonwealth increased Saturday from the federally mandated minimum of $7.25 an hour to $9.50. The May 1 increase is part of a state law passed last year.

The minimum wage will increase again in January to $11 an hour and in 2022 to $12 an hour.

Planned increases to $13.50 an hour and $15 an hour in 2026 go into effect only if a future legislature approves those increases.

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