Minimum Wage Hikes Possible in Many States


September 17, 2013


California's recent decision to raise its minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016 — a higher minimum rate than any other state has now — may add momentum to the drive for higher hourly rates in at least eight other states in 2014. New Jersey could become the fifth state this year to increase its state minimum wage if voters approve a measure on Nov. 5 that would boost the hourly rate by $1, to $8.25. In states as varied as Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts and South Dakota, advocates are pushing to put minimum wage hikes on state ballots in 2014. Meanwhile, elected officials are leading the charge in Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia.
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