Prices rise as the minimum wage increases in several states

Prices rise as the minimum wage increases in several states

Prices rise as the minimum wage increases in several states

The minimum wage in New Jersey will increase to $8.85 an hour on Tuesday.

For the rest of the state, the minimum hourly rate will go from $10.40 an hour to $11.10. "But more needs to be done so all Minnesotans can earn their way to economic security".

According to the Labor Ministry, the minimum wage consisting of only basic pay and fixed allowances had caused employers to violate the Minimum Wage Act even if they paid high salaries consisting of low basic wages and large bonuses. That's because 19 states and 24 municipalities across the country are increasing the minimum wage starting tomorrow and one state, New York, increases them starting today. The highest minimum wage in the land will be $16.09 for hospitality and transportation employees in SeaTac, Washington (a city that grew up around the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport). The state wage hikes range from an extra nickel per hour in Alaska to a $1-an-hour bump in Maine, Massachusetts and for California employers with more than 25 workers.

Delaware's minimum wage is also going up by 50 cents to $8.75 an hour. The federal wage has been the same since 2009. Few are there yet, but many states have ratcheted up wages through phased-in laws and adjustments for inflation. The minimum wage for tipped employees is now at least $5.44 an hour, up from $5.23 an hour in 2018.

In another six states - Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri and Washington - voters took matters into their own hands, approving measures at the ballot box to raise the minimum wage, according to the nonprofit. Some have repeatedly raised their rates.

In October, however, those same researchers reached a contrasting conclusion.

"It may not have motivated every lawmaker to agree that we should go to $15", said David Cooper, senior economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Workers in Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, have been fighting the state in court since 2016 over whether the city has the right to raise its wages. "But it's motivated many of them to accept that we need higher minimum wages than we now have in much of the country".

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