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The bill entering law this session is very different from that of last session.

Here is the original bill:

This Act would increase the minimum wage to not less than $8.00 per hour effective July 1, 2013, and not less than $8.75 per hour effective July 1, 2014. If the federal minimum wage becomes higher than the Delaware minimum wage, the Delaware minimum wage would increase by $1.00 above the federal minimum wage….

Here is the amended version that passed the Senate last year…… which dropped the rates by a half a dollar, and excluded the possibility that Delaware could be over the Federal Minimum Wage…

“(a) Except as may otherwise be provided under this chapter, every employer shall pay to every employee in any occupation wages of a rate i) not less than $7.75 per hour effective January 1, 2014 and ii) not less than $8.25 per hour effective January 1, 2015. Upon the establishment of a federal minimum wage in excess of the State minimum wage, the minimum wage in this State shall be equal in amount to the federal minimum wage, except as may otherwise be provided under this chapter.

The House Amended it this year, primarily to update the dates by 6 months.

AMEND Senate Bill No. 6, as amended by Senate Amendment No. 2, by deleting on line 3 of Senate Amendment No. 2 the text “January 1, 2014” and substituting in lieu thereof the text “June 1, 2014”. FURTHER AMEND Senate Bill No. 6, as amended by Senate Amendment No. 2, by deleting on line 4 of Senate Amendment No. 2 the text “January 1, 2015” and substituting in lieu thereof the text “June 1, 2015”.

Then came the first Republican torpedo, later stricken…. to poke multiple holes in the minimum wage, thereby making it a minimum seive. Allowing for the payment of $5.81 per hour to the following….

(e) A wage no less than 75-percent of the minimum hourly wage required under § 902(a) of this Title shall be paid to the following:

(1) employees under the age of 18; and

(2) employees during their first 180 consecutive calendar days of employment with the employer; and

(2) employees employed in a seasonal capacity.”

Here is the real Republican torpedo. (Defeated naturally like everything Republican in this wonderful state) to extend implementation by half a year.

“(a) Except as may otherwise be provided under this chapter, every employer shall pay to every employee in any occupation wages of a rate (i) not less than $7.75 per hour effective January 1, 2015; and (ii) not less than $8.25 per hour effective January 1, 2016. Upon the establishment of a federal minimum wage in excess of the State minimum wage, the minimum wage in this State shall be equal in amount to the federal minimum wage, except as may otherwise be provided under this chapter.”

Then the third Republican attempt at poking holes in the minimum wage to allow businesses to exploit child and migrant labor by paying them $5.81 an hour….

e) A wage no less than 75-percent of the minimum hourly wage required under § 902(a) of this Title shall be paid to an employee satisfying any of the following:

(1) is under the age of 18; or

(2) is within the employee’s first 180 consecutive calendar days of employment with the employer; or

(2) is employed in a seasonal capacity.”

As it stands now, the minimum wage will rise to $7.75 per hour on June 1, 2014, and then again one year later.  On June 1, 2015, the minimum wage will be $8.25.. unless the Federal wage is passed at a higher amount:  $10.10….

But the real question is this:  how is it remotely possible that we still have 16 people in the civilized world, much less in our Delaware legislature, who still think it is ok to pay $5.81 for minimum wages therby putting Delaware in a slot between Slovenia and Greece on a chart of international minimum wages….

How is it possible that Blakely, Briggs-King, Dukes, Gray, Deborah Hudson AGAIN!!!!, Q. Johnson, Kenton, MIRO, Outten, Peterman, Ramone, D. Short, Smyk,  Spiegelman, Walker, Wilson, are still living in the 1990’s back when $5.81 was considered the barest acceptable minimum wage?  Roll back time 20 years… Sure, no problem say these 16.

Greece.  These people want us to be Greece…. GET RID OF THEM!  GET RID OF THEM ALL….. 🙂   (it is an election year, you know?)

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She lived in Hudson’s district.  But at school, she like the excitement of the “wrong crowd” and hung out with them…  One time they ran, and she was caught…  The plea offered her was to “rat out your boyfriend”, or 10 years in state prison…  An adult would have ratted out the boyfriend.  But a young black girl deeply in love, listens to her emotions and principles.  She went to jail.

She’s out now. She’s smart compared to most ex-prisoners, She is still on state assistance.  She is clean. She spends 8 hours a day following leads for jobs.  They always end at “the box”….

One would never have thought her to be an ex-convict. She is bright, articulate, animated, and when she tells her story, you certainly see how she simply got trapped up in a justice system that has callous regard for anyone with darker skin colors….

She would make anyone, especially the first person who hired her and provided her real living wages, a marvelous employee. But she never gets the chance to tell her story.  Her application gets dropped off, goes into the file DO NOT HIRE, and nothing more is heard….

Deborah Hudson, a Republican Delaware Representative, believes this is great.  “This is wonderful” her actions show the world, as she cast her vote against this black woman, who grew up as a well-to-do little girl in her district,  by voting not to disallow the box…

The box is where you must check if you have been convicted of any criminal violation.

I wonder what was going through her mind.  How can anyone turn their back on real human beings just to support their party, the Republican Party, a party that incidentally is dying out everywhere except in extreme radical pockets, as we speak?

How does one live with that?

I think she should renounce her party, and switch now to the Democratic caucus, so she can finally be allowed to vote her conscious.  That is why she was elected, right?

How sad. This is what legislators have to do to get publicity…..

Delaware 147th General Assembly     House Bill # 156

“allow package stores to open at 8:00 a.m., instead of 9:00 a.m. on days other than Sundays”.

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09/06/2012 Co., Inc., Standard Distributing 100 South Mews Dr., New Castle, DE 19720 Individual Data Conversion $200.00 Sokola For Senate

10/19/2012 of Delaware, LLC, United Distributors PO Box 10370, Wilmington, DE 19850 Individual Data Conversion $500.00 Sokola For Senate

10/22/2012 & Spirits of Delaware, Southern Wine PO Box 10887, Wilmington, DE 19850 Individual Data Conversion $300.00 Sokola For Senate

11/05/2012 Co., Inc., Standard Distributing 100 South Mews Dr., New Castle, DE 19720 Individual Data Conversion $500.00 Sokola For Senate

11/05/2012 Co., Inc., Standard Distributing 100 South Mews Dr., New Castle, DE 19720 Individual Data Conversion ($100.00) Sokola For Senate

11/05/2012 Inc., N.K.S. Distributors, Box 758, New Castle, DE 19720 Individual Data Conversion $200.00 Sokola For Senate

01/02/2012 Busch, Anheuser 250 Park Avenue, New York, NY Individual Data Conversion $200.00 Hudson Campaign Committee

10/15/2012 of Delaware, LLC, United Distributors P.O. Box 10370, Wilmington, DE 19850 Individual Data Conversion $300.00 Hudson Campaign Committee

2/19/2012 Anheuser Busch One Busch Place 202-7, St. Louis, MO PAC Committee Data Conversion $200.00 Hudson Campaign Committee