21 States Raise The Minimum Wage Above the Federal

January 8, 2014– The start of 2015 marked the commencement of an unprecedented number of U.S. states rolling out increases in their state minimum wage laws.   21 states in total, plus the addition of the District of Columbia, began the New Year with increases in the minimum wage that were the result of referendums of the November’s mid term elections, and state legislation.   All of these jurisdictions exceeded the Federal Standard of $7.25 per hour, which has been in effect since 2009.   While the Obama Administration has not been able to accomplish a national increase in the wage standard, these multi-state increases bring the total number of states whose minimum wage figure exceeds the Federal Government’s to 29, indicating a majority of jurisdictions do find the current Federal standard to be out of date.   While these states may agree that the Federal standard is out dated they do not have a uniform approach to remedying the issue, with a disparity of $2.75 per hour between the lowest and highest of the new state standards.

Below is a list of the States with January 1, 2015 minimum wage increases.

STATE 2014 WAGE 2015 WAGE
Alaska $7.75 $8.75
Arizona $7.90 $8.04
Arkansas $6.25 $7.75
Colorado $8.00 $8.23
Connecticut $8.70 $9.15
Florida $7.93 $8.05
Hawaii $7.25 $7.75
Maryland $7.25 $8.00
Massachusetts $8.00 $9.00
Missouri $7.50 $7.65
Montana $7.90 $8.05
Nebraska $7.25 $8.00
New Jersey $8.25 $8.38
New York $8.00 $8.75
Ohio $7.25 $8.10
Oregon $9.10 $9.25
Rhode Island $8.00 $9.00
South Dakota $7.25 $8.50
Vermont $8.73 $9.15
Washington $8.05 $9.47
West Virginia $7.25 $8.00
Washington D.C. $8.50 $10.50 (JULY 2015)

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