Minimum Wages To Rise Across US In 2016

Date: December 31, 2015

Fifteen States See Increases For New Year, Some Cities’ Wages To Rise As Well

The AP looked ahead to some of the top state and Federal issues in 2016, including adjustments to the minimum wage. The minimum wage will increase in New York state for fast food workers. There, the wage will rise to $15 in 2018 in New York City and statewide in 2021. Fast-food workers in Seattle will also see wages increase, as will minimum wage workers in New Orleans. At the state level, South Dakota, Ohio, New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, and Colorado are seeing automatic yearly increases to their minimum wages in 2016. Other states that passed increases that will take effect Jan. 1, 2016 are California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. At the Federal level, the AP pointed out, the minimum wage was last increased to $7.25 in 2009. With a period of Federal inaction on the issue, “more state and local governments – particularly in the West and Northeast – are taking action.” In an analysis of minimum wage laws across the US, the National Conference of State Legislatures pointed out that “of the 11 states that currently tie increases to the cost of living, eight did not increase their minimum wage rates for 2016.” Of those that did, Nevada doesn’t see its increase go into effect until July, while Colorado increased wages by 8 cents and South Dakota increased wages by 5 cents.

What This Means For Small Businesses

2015 was a year when minimum wage issues came to the forefront of public debate at the local, state, and Federal levels. 2016 promises to see further discussion of the issue, especially among presidential candidates, some of whom favor boosting the minimum wage as high as $15 per hour.

Additional Reading

The Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard covered New York’s state wage increase, while MLive (MI) covered Michigan’s increase. The Daily Caller covered wage hikes nationwide.

Note: this article is intended to keep small business owners up on the latest news. It does not necessarily represent the policy stances of NFIB.

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