Faith leaders call for immediate, not gradual approach to increasing minimum wage

By Jake Burns

February 19, 2020

Faith leaders from across Virginia gathered below the State Capitol Wedneday to greet lawmakers and urge them to take a more immediate approach to increasing the minimum wage.

Two proposals to increase Virginia’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, which has not changed since 2009, remain viable as the final weeks of the 2020 session close in.

“The scripture calls for us to treat people fairly, and for justice to roll down like a mighty stream,” said Dr. Keith Jones with Shiloh Baptist Church in Norfolk. “So, we’re here to pray about that and that all the persons whom we have elected will hear that call as well.”

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