13 States to Raise Minimum Wage For New Year

| by Emily Smith

Thirteen states will be raising their minimum wage next week, leaving many to wonder if the others will soon follow their lead.

While Congress considers legislation to raise the federal minimum wage, a number of cities and counties across the country are not willing to wait.

Ten states have tied their minimum wages to the inflation index, guaranteeing that they rise with the cost of living each year. The federal minimum wage is not tied to the index, though Democrats in Congress and President Barack Obama have suggested that it should be.

A bill recently set forth by Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and tie it to inflation.

Republicans on Capitol Hill have argued that increasing the minimum wage would be a job killer, and have shown great opposition to the bill proposed by Harkin and Miller.

Interestingly, the idea of raising the minimum wage polls well with Republicans who are not members of Congress, with two-thirds of respondents voting favorably. In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, half of Republicans who responded said the minimum wage should be raised.

The following is a list of states and counties that will be implementing a minimum wage increase next week, according to the Employment Policies Institute.

  • Arizona: $7.80 to $7.90
  • Colorado: $7.78 to $8.00
  • Connecticut: $8.25 to $8.70
  • Florida: $7.79 to $7.93
  • Missouri: $7.35 to $7.50
  • Montana: $7.80 to $7.90
  • New Jersey: $7.25 to $8.25
  • New York: $7.25 to $8.00
  • Ohio: $7.85 to $7.95
  • Oregon: $8.95 to $9.10
  • Rhode Island: $7.75 to $8.00
  • Vermont: $8.60 to $8.73
  • Washington State: $9.19 to $9.32
  • Albuquerque, N.M.: $8.50 to $8.60
  • Bernalillo County, N.M.: $8.00 to $8.50
  • San Francisco, Calif.: $10.55 to $10.74
  • San Jose, Calif.: $10.00 to $10.15
  • SeaTac, Wash.: $9.19 to $15.00

Sources: The Huffington Post, ABC News