Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Opinion

22 States To Raise Minimum Wage On New Year’s Day

via CBS New York

In 2024, workers in 22 states and numerous localities will experience a wage increase, with the majority of them reaching at least $15 per hour.

This surge in minimum wage is a result of years of advocacy and organizing by workers and labor groups.

While the federal minimum wage remains at $7.25, many states have raised their minimum wages above this level. (Trending: Democrat Found Guilty In Corruption Trial)

The impact of the federal minimum wage has lessened due to the pandemic’s inflation and wage gains at the lower end of the income scale.

Despite opposition from business groups and GOP lawmakers, there is broad public support for increasing the minimum wage, as evidenced by successful ballot referendums.

Yannet Lathrop, a researcher and policy analyst who authored National Employment Law Project (NELP) analysis, said, “In 2024, we are likely to see more wins.”

State increases slated for Jan. 1, 2024:

Alaska: $10.85 to $11.73
Arizona: $10.85 to $14.35
California: $15.50 to $16.00
Colorado: $13.65 to $14.42
Connecticut: $15.00 to $15.69
Delaware: $11.75 to $13.25
Hawaii: $12.00 to $14.00
Illinois: $13.00 to $14.00
Maine: $13.80 to $14.15
Maryland: $13.25 ($12.80 for small employers) to $15.00
Michigan: $10.10 to $10.33
Minnesota: $10.50 to $10.85 (large employers); $8.63 to $8.85 (small employers)
Missouri: $12.00 to $12.30
Montana: $9.95 to $10.30
Nebraska: $10.50 to $12.00
New Jersey: $14.13 to $15.13
New York: $15.00 to $16 (New York City area); $14.20 to $15 (Upstate)
Ohio: $10.10 to $10.45
Rhode Island: $13.00 to $14.00
South Dakota: $10.80 to $11.20
Vermont: $13.18 to $13.67
Washington State: $15.74 to $16.28

“In many areas, the mandated wage floor is starting to rise above the $15 that long served as a rallying cry for low-wage workers,” said Lathrop.

“You can’t leave policies like the minimum wage to employers because they are at liberty to do these things,” explained Lathrop.

“This is a labor standard, not just a matter of what the market dictates. Whether the labor market is tight or not… that policy is there for the protection of workers,” she continued.

“If you put it in the form of a ballot initiative, they probably will pass it,” predicted the researcher.

There are expectations for more wage referendums to succeed in 2024.

Most Popular:

Judge Announces Historic Ruling In Jeffrey Epstein Case

Assault Weapons Ban Set To Take Effect, Here’s What To Know

Prominent LGBTQ Activist Arrested Over Disturbing Charges

You May Also Like

Media

CNN’s boss Mark Thompson is planning a digital-first transformation for the network by reducing anchor salaries, which currently exceed $50 million. Insiders report he...

U.S. News

Special Counsel David Weiss charged a former FBI informant, Alexander Smirnov, with making false statements and creating false records regarding his allegations about Joe...

Politics

Donald Trump decided not to appeal a recent court ruling rejecting his claim of absolute presidential immunity from civil lawsuits over his actions while...

Opinion

A legal analyst covering a hearing on the eligibility of the Fulton County district attorney in the Trump election interference case said it was...

U.S. News

A school principal in Oklahoma faced backlash and threats after it was revealed he also performed as a drag queen. Murnan faced child pornography...

Opinion

New York AG Letitia James imposed a $354 million fine on Donald Trump for fraud, but there is no legal precedent for such a...

Opinion

Vice President Kamala Harris expressed her readiness to assume the presidency if necessary amid concerns about President Biden’s age and mental sharpness. Harris confidently...