DOVER, Del. (AP) -- The state Senate has voted to raise Delaware's minimum wage by a dollar over the next two years.
The measure was approved on a 12-9 party-line vote Thursday. Sen. Robert Venables of Laurel the lone Democrat to vote against the bill.
The bill raises the current hourly wage from $7.25 to $7.75 on Jan. 1, 2014, and to $8.25 on Jan. 1, 2015.
Bill sponsor Robert Marshall of Wilmington had initially proposed raising the hourly wage to $8 in July and to $8.75 in July 2014 but submitted a revised proposal Thursday.
Supporters say the higher wage will stimulate the economy and help low-wage families make ends meet.
Opponents argue that it lead to higher prices that will negatively affect low-wage earners and employers hiring fewer workers.