Minimum Wages Rising In 20 States And Several Cities

Millions of minimum-wage workers will be getting a pay raise with the new year

Millions of American workers will see pay raises in the new year due to minimum-wage increases in 20 states and 21 cities.

Michigan's minimum wage is rising by 20 cents an hour.

The new state minimum wage laws could affect about 5.3 million workers who are now earning less than the new standards, according to the liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute, based in Washington, D.C. That equates to nearly 8 percent of the workforce in those 20 states but doesn't account for additional minimum wage increases in some cities. In California, Massachusetts and NY, the increases are small steps in the broader effort of eventually raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The sharp minimum wage increases for 2019, up 10.9 percent from this year's, fueled the employers' anger as well. The federal minimum for workers who receive tips is $2.13 per hour. But 29 of the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, have their own minimum wage laws, and 42 municipalities or counties have minimum wages that are higher than the minimum in their state. On the other end of the spectrum, in New York City, the minimum wage is jumping from $13 to $15.

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. Businesses may place a higher value on experienced workers, making it more challenging for entry-level employees to find jobs. Last year, she briefly made $10 an hour until Missouri passed a law to pre-empt wage increases in its cities.

What about the federal minimum wage?

Both supporters and opponents of higher minimum wages have pointed to the Seattle studies.

"It may not have motivated every lawmaker to agree that we should go to $15", David Cooper, senior economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute, told the Associated Press.

Despite the national movement to raise wages for low-income workers, the state minimum wage is vastly different across the country. Since they still have six months to go, they're taking their time and haven't yet decided what the new minimum wage will be.

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