State and City minimum wage increases continue to make front page news. Most recently, the nation’s second-largest city, Los Angeles voted to increase it’s minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020. Several other cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Oakland, Calif., have already approved increases, and dozens more are considering doing the same.
In 2014, a number of Republican-leaning states like Alaska and South Dakota also raised their state-level minimum wages by ballot initiative. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced this month that he was convening a state board to consider a wage increase in the local fast-food industry, which could be enacted without a vote in the State Legislature. Nevada state assembly members and senators agreed Sunday to restore a provision that raises the state’s minimum wage to $9 for workers without employer-sponsored health insurance and it’s expected to get final approval in the Senate. Currently, twenty-nine states and D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage.
State increases effective during the second half of 2015 include Delaware to $8.25 on 6/1/15, Maryland to $8.25 on 7/1/15, and Minnesota for large employers $9.00 on 8/1/15.
Follow this link to the WageWatch Federal and State Minimum Wage Chart with details of state and local minimum wage and pending increases.
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