By CBS3 Staff

WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — In Wilmington Monday morning, Gov. John Carney signed a bill that will raise Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The wage increase will be phased in.

The minimum will go up to $10.50 on Jan. 1. It will continue rising each year until it hits $15 an hour in 2025.

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Carney says it will make a big difference to working families.

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“There is nothing really more important than giving everybody that opportunity, to go to work every day, to support themselves and their families, to make a better life,” Carney said.

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Carney thanked supporters, including union officials who lobbied for the bill.