A federal $15 minimum wage increase is getting closer to a reality after Georgia’s two Democratic Senate candidates defeated their opponents.
Incoming Senator Jon Ossoff, who defeated David Perdue in their Senate runoff Tuesday, tweeted his support for a federal $15 minimum wage increase last month. Ossoff’s win, combined with Rev. Raphael Warnock‘s win, has led to a 50-50 split in the Senate.
We can raise the minimum wage to $15.
But we have to win the Senate.
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) December 16, 2020
With President-elect Joe Biden entering the White House in 12 days and the House of Representatives being controlled by Democrats, a federal minimum wage increase has its best chance of passing in years.
Currently, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C. all have a $15 minimum wage. However, the federal minimum wage is just $7.25 an hour and any increase is likely to meet resistance from Republicans.