Minimum Wage

The Federal Poverty Line Struggles To Capture the Economic Hardship That Half of Americans Face

COMMENTARY | Millions of Americans struggle to pay their bills each month, despite earning wages well above the federal poverty line and holding multiple jobs.

Does Raising the Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?

COMMENTARY | The question is actually one of the most studied in all of economics and still doesn’t have a definitive answer – though Nobel-winning economist David Card got us closer.

The States With the Highest and Lowest Minimum Wages

Workers in many states and cities have seen the minimum wage rise over the past few years, but there are still critics who question whether bumping up the pay floor is the right move.

GOP Works to Override Voters on Medicaid, Higher Wages, Pot

Minimum wage, marijuana and Medicaid initiatives could be undercut.

Survey: 62% of Americans Favor $15 Federal Minimum Wage

A national minimum wage hike is gaining support, with 40% strongly backing the measure being pushed by President Biden and some states, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

Study: $15 Minimum Wage Would Result in Fewer Jobs, Less Poverty

A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office comes as the Biden administration pushes the federal minimum wage hike.

A Nationwide $15 Minimum Wage Could Have Mixed Results

A new report says that a $15 federal minimum wage could help lift low-wage workers out of poverty, but also cause job losses.

Offshore Oil Workers Won't be Paid for Time Spent Sleeping, Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court found a California law that would have offered more generous compensation to oil drilling workers doesn't override federal law that governs waters off the coast.

A State Reconsiders Its Ban on Local Minimum Wage Laws

Cities and counties would be allowed to set a wage floor higher than the one authorized by Colorado if a bill passed by state legislators becomes law.

Republican AGs Call For Court to Toss Discrimination Lawsuit Over Minimum Wage Law

The case concerns an Alabama statute that pre-empted a local minimum wage ordinance in Birmingham.

Why HR Managers Should Be Partnering With State Governments

Legislatures are taking up important issues of key interest to companies and their employees.

A New Look at Seattle's Minimum Wage Hike

A new update by researchers re-examines Seattle's increase to a $15 minimum wage over a three-year period.

A Woman’s Paycheck Is Influenced by Her Hometown

In a new study, economists find women from places where sexist attitudes prevail end up earning less later in life even after they move to another place.

NLC Targets Political Opposition to Federal Housing Assistance by Joining Campaign

Opportunity Starts at Now is focused on the widening gap between rent and income across the U.S.

In No State Can Minimum-Wage Workers Afford a Two-Bedroom Rental

“This will be a problem for the foreseeable future,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which released a new study Wednesday.

Cities Are Fighting to Close the Pay Gap–But States Are Standing in the Way

In a contributed article, National League of Cities' Christiana McFarland outlines how state preemption of local laws may be adding to the wage gap.

State and Local Government Elections: Ballot Initiatives We’re Tracking

Beyond races for the White House and Congress, voters across the nation are considering a wide variety of state and local proposals and initiatives. Here’s our rundown of what’s important to watch ...

Iowa Gov. Up for Raising Minimum Wage; Wyoming's Record-Low Local Revenue Capacity

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Expanding Baltimore's Howard Street Tunnel; a Michigan county bribery scandal; Dakota Access Pipeline arrests questioned.

New State Minimum Wage Hikes Come With 'Off Ramps'

Many states that raised their minimum wages this year took a cautious approach.