Minimum Wage To Go Up in More Than 20 States in 2015

Protesting Minimum WagePerhaps due to months of protesting by fast food workers, the minimum wage in 21 states will increase in the year 2015 starting on January 1st. This is the first time ever that a majority of the states have higher minimum wages than the federal level.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the increases will lift the hourly wages of more than two million workers by up to $1 to an average of $8 and a high of $9.15. And according to USA Today, another 1.9 million workers who make more than minimum wage are also expected to benefit from a higher pay scale.

Experts say the changes are partly due to the impact of a national movement in 2013 and 2014 to boost the earnings of low-paid workers.

Which States?

Last year, legislation was passed in the following states to increase minimum wage:

* Connecticut
* Hawaii
* Maryland
* Massachusetts
* New York
* Rhode Island
* Vermont
* West Virginia
* Alaska
* Arkansas
* Nebraska
* South Dakota

The following states, however, raised minimum wage as a result of automatic cost-of-living increases:

* Arizona
* Colorado
* Florida
* Missouri
* Montana
* New Jersey
* Ohio
* Oregon
* Delaware
* Minnesota

More Good News

The news gets even better! According to EPI and the National Employment Law Project, as soon as March, 29 states with 60% of the U.S. work force will have minimum wages higher than the federal government’s.

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One thought on “Minimum Wage To Go Up in More Than 20 States in 2015”

  1. Even with a paltry wage hike of $8.00 -9.00 an hour who in the world can live off that? I made $8.75 hourly at the LA times back in the 70s! The cost of living has multiplied God knows how much since then! Shame on the Greedy!!

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