Minimum Wage

Several States to Consider Ending Subminimum Wages

Workers in the restaurant industry typically make around $2.13 an hour plus tips. The volatility of that wage is one reason several states are introducing bills to replace it with a minimum wage.

Fight Over Health Care Minimum Wage Yields a Split Decision in Southern California

Voters in Inglewood were poised to approve a union-backed $25 minimum wage for workers at private hospitals and facilities, while nearby voters rejected it.

California's Sweeping New Labor Law for the Fast-Food Industry

It creates a path to mandate wages up to $22 an hour, among other provisions. Advocates who backed the first-in-the-nation effort say they plan to push for similar legislation in other states.

New Index Ranks Best and Worst States for Workers

Researchers looked at over two dozen types of policies in all 50 states as part of their analysis.

Inflation Pushes Minimum Wages Higher in Some States

Minimum wages will increase in 13 states and Washington, D.C., next year due to inflation.

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With Prices Rising, States and Cities Must Raise Their Minimum Wages

COMMENTARY | Some states and localities have already pegged minimum wage hikes to inflation. But with the federal pay floor stuck at $7.25 for over a decade, it's time for more to take action.

Minimum Wage Workers Cannot Afford a 2-bedroom Rental Home Anywhere

Plus, these workers can’t rent a one bedroom in 91% of U.S. counties, according to a new report.

Nearly Half of States Raised Their Minimum Wage This Year

The increases range from 22 cents to $1.50 per hour, but most states’ pay floors are not high enough to ensure economic stability, according to a new report.

The States That Raised Their Minimum Wages

Twenty-one states increased their minimum wages this year and nine more planning to boost them later in 2022.

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.