18 States See Minimum Wage Increases, 4.5 Million Workers Affected


If the holiday season has shown us anything, it’s that liberals still have good news to celebrate in the Trump era.

First, the Transgender Military Ban was successfully blocked in court, with Jeff Sessions and the DOJ giving up on the fight entirely for the time being.

And over New Year’s, new indications show a victory for the higher minimum wage.

The Economic Policy Institute reports that minimum wage workers in 18 states will get a wage hike by next week, when higher minimums go into effect in 2018.

The Federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour. However, many states are choosing to implement their own minimum wage laws. Reassuringly, the moves are being made in both red and blue states.

Some of the raises are minuscule, but some states are offering workers a substantial increase.

As noteworthy in the chart below, Maine’s minimum wage will move up a full dollar to $10. Hawaii’s will rise 85 cents, to $10.10. Colorado’s law increases the minimum wage 90 cents to $10.20.

Alaska: $9.84, $.04 increase
Arizona: $10.50, $.50 increase
California: $11.00, $.50 increase
Colorado: $10.20, $.90 increase
Florida: $8.25, $.15 increase
Hawaii: $10.10, $.85 increase
Maine: $10.00, $1.00 increase
Michigan: $9.25, $.35 increase
Minnesota: $9.65, $.15 increase
Missouri: $7.85, $.15 increase
Montana: $8.30, $.15 increase
New Jersey: $8.60, $.16 increase
New York: $10.40, $.70 increase
Ohio: $8.30, $.15 increase
Rhode Island: $10.10, $.50 increase
South Dakota: $8.85, $.20 increase
Vermont: $10.50, $.50 increase
Washington: $11.50, $.50 increase

More from Huffington Post, which reports that almost 5 million workers will see a pay increase:

Minimum wage bumps tend to be popular with the general public, with support often crossing partisan lines. A HuffPost YouGov poll last year found that more than half of all Americans thought a minimum wage raise would be good for workers, while only a third thought it would be a bad idea. The backing was greatest ― and most bipartisan ― for a modest hike to $10.10, as opposed to a bolder raise to $15.

Buoyed by that support, labor unions and low-wage workers have succeeded in getting raises passed on the state and local levels as the federal rate has stayed stagnant. Voters have approved minimum wage referendums even in more conservative states like Nebraska and South Dakota. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now require a higher minimum wage than the federal one.

Conservative Republicans, however, are fighting back. One “preemption” law recently passed in Missouri’s red-controlled legislature prevented a minimum wage hike in St. Louis.


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