Democrats want to enact a new stimulus package within weeks. Here’s the possible calendar for passage of $1,400 direct payments.

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House Democrats, led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

  • Democrats want to pass Joe Biden’s rescue package within weeks.
  • Final passage could come in early March, before the expiration of enhanced unemployment insurance.
  • Here is a stimulus timeline with possible floor votes.
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Democrats aim to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic rescue plan in only a matter of weeks.

The House Budget Committee kicked off a markup session on Monday afternoon which is set to last at least five hours, according to Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.), chair of the Budget Committee. The panel is expected to approve the legislation and send it to a floor vote.

Here’s the Democratic calendar for coronavirus relief, based on statements from Democratic officials:

  • February 25-27: The House is expected to vote on passage of the government rescue plan.
  • March 2-5: The Senate takes up the legislation, and possibly amends it before a vote.
  • March 8-12: The House votes on the rescue package again if the Senate makes legislative changes.

Democrats have a narrow margin of error. They are pledging to enact the package before March 14, the date that enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of Americans starts ending.

Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia, vice chair of the Joint Economic Committee, told Insider that Democrats will “do our damnedest to meet it.”

The House proposal would also provide $1,400 stimulus checks and $400 federal unemployment benefits through August It also includes funding for vaccine distribution and virus testing, aid for state and local governments, and a $15 minimum wage increase.

Still, some key hurdles remain in the Senate. Democrats are using a process called reconciliation that allows them to pass a budgetary bill with only 51 votes instead of 60.

The Senate parliamentarian governing the procedure may rule the wage increase is unrelated to the federal budget and strike down the provision, setting back the timeline. On the other hand, the wage increase’s sponsor, Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), obtained a letter from the Congressional Budget Office saying it would have a sizable impact on the budget.

In recent weeks, Biden has downplayed the odds it would survive the process, though he still supports the measure.

Republicans are uniformly opposed to the Biden plan. They argue it is too costly and that a previous round of aid enacted in December still hasn’t been fully tapped.

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A $15 minimum wage still won’t be a living wage for many families, MIT and CNBC analysis says

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A protestor holds a sign in Upper Senate Park during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, to push for a raise to the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

A new CNBC analysis of cost-of-living data from Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers looks at how a $15 minimum wage stacks up against a living wage.

For families with two children and two parents working at the minimum wage, current minimums in every state are below a living wage, and even the proposed increase to $15 an hour may still fall short for those families. As CNBC reports: “A $15 minimum wage would push a number of states closer to a living wage, but none would meet or exceed it.”

That data doesn’t take into account any income those families receive from safety net programs. A recent study from UC Berkeley’s Labor Center found that lower wages cost taxpayers more than $100 billion a year, as almost half of the families who would see a raise from a $15 minimum wage rely on at least one social safety net program. The study found that 42% of the $254 billion spent on safety net programs goes to those families.

A $15 minimum wage would go a little bit further for single adults, according to the CNBC analysis. For them, minimum wages currently “fall short” of a living in every state. However, a $15 minimum wage would be a living wage for single adults in about half of the states.

Insider previously reported on the value that a $15 minimum wage would have in every state. Since the cost of living varies in each state, the value of the wage also fluctuates. Insider found that the new potential minimum would go the furthest in Mississippi, where it would be worth $17.77. Per the CNBC analysis, Mississippi is one state where a $15 minimum wage would provide a living wage for single adults. 

Democrats are currently pushing for a $15 minimum wage as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus relief package, aiming to pass the increase through reconciliation. However, Biden has reportedly indicated that he thinks the raise won’t be feasible – and two Democratic senators have also expressed their hesitations.

But the $15 minimum-wage’s champion, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), has said he’s “confident” the hike will stay in the stimulus package. Under the current Democratic plans, the minimum wage would gradually increase to $15 by 2025. By then, $15 won’t even be worth what today’s $15 is because inflation will impact its value.

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Why Democrats want to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the Raise The Wage Act in the Rayburn Room at the Capitol January 16, 2019. in Washington, DC.

  • Democrats are proposing raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025.
  • The gradual increase would help businesses and lower-wage areas adjust to a higher minimum.
  • In some states, $15 is more than double the current rate — just 29 states have rates above the federal minimum.
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There’s been a lot of discussion around raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Currently, there’s two possible routes for Democrats to pass the wage hike: as a standalone bill or through reconciliation. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has indicated that reconciliation – where the bill could pass with only Democrats’ votes in the Senate – is his preferred route.

But both versions of passing the increase would see the minimum wage get to $15 only gradually, after several years. Under the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, the minimum wage would gradually increase to $15 until 2025. Then it would be indexed to median wage growth.

For some, that delay to $15 is jarring. President Joe Biden said throughout his campaign – and in a presidential debate – that he supported a $15 minimum wage, but at the time he didn’t provide a timeline for that rollout.

When Biden recently reiterated his support for the measure at a CNN town hall, he stressed the importance of a gradual increase. He also reportedly told governors the increase likely won’t be included in his stimulus package.

“President Biden campaigned on the promise of a $15-per-hour minimum wage, and to hear him backpedal on that promise and propose a gradual increase over time is disheartening,” Cynthia Murray, a Walmart worker for over 20 years and member leader with United for Respect, wrote in a statement to Insider. “We know that $15 an hour is the bare minimum of what workers need to survive.”

So why a gradual increase?

Ben Zipperer, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), said that $15 in 2025 would be an “appropriate” level since it would put a dent in “poverty wages.”

“There is a kind of a large hole that we’ve dug ourselves in having low minimum wages relative to what workers need,” he told Insider. “And so then I think it does make sense to have some kind of gradual set of increases, because you do want to give time for some businesses to accommodate the higher wage schedule.”

Researcher Yannet Lathrop of the National Employment Law Project previously told Insider that a gradual increase makes sense, as in some states a $15 minimum wage is more than double the current rate. She said that, if their minimums were closer to $15, it would make sense to do the increase in one or two steps.

However, that’s not the case in many states. Currently, 16 states have the same minimum wage as the federal rate of $7.25, and five default to the federal minimum. That means just 29 states have rates above the federal minimum.

Minimum wages have stayed low for a long time

Broadly, Zipperer said, minimum wage increases used to be more frequent and roughly track the productivity of the economy. But that slowly came to a halt by the 1980s, when there were very few minimum wage increases – leading to a fall in value of the minimum wage. It hasn’t caught up since.

“Had we continued since the 1960s to increase minimum wages in accordance with the productivity of the economy, the minimum wage today would be over $20 an hour,” Zipperer said. “So the money is there. The economy can support much higher wages. It’s just that we’ve effectively redistributed that money away from low-wage workers towards the highest-paid people in the economy.”

And while a minimum wage increase is one step towards addressing that, Zipperer said it’ll take a “larger set” of policies such as higher taxes on higher income and stronger collective bargaining rights to correct this dynamic.

When it comes to workers like Murray expressing disappointment over how long it’ll take to actually receive that raise, Zipperer said he “can’t disagree with that.” Groups like Fight for 15 have been advocating for higher minimum wages for years.

“It is a really a negative mark on this country that we have kept minimum wages so low for so long,” he said. “We have a very large hole to climb out of if we’re going to actually pay people decent wages. And that is the product of decades of infrequent and inadequate minimum wage increases.”

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Bernie Sanders is ‘confident’ that the $15 minimum wage will remain in COVID-19 relief package

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont).

  • Sanders expressed confidence that the minimum wage hike will remain in the COVID-19 relief package.
  • The Senate parliamentarian will determine if the wage increase can be passed through reconciliation.
  • Sanders still faces resistance from Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Saturday expressed confidence that the proposed minimum wage hike to $15 per hour will remain in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that congressional Democrats are aiming to pass through the budget reconciliation process.

President Joe Biden supports the minimum wage hike but has expressed doubt that it would be permissible under reconciliation rules. But, Sanders, the independent chairman of the Senate Budget Committee who caucuses with the Democrats, thinks the measure will pass muster with the Senate parliamentarian.

“Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not ‘incidental’ to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules of reconciliation,” Sanders said in a statement to CNN. “The CBO [Congressional Budget Office] has found that the $15 minimum wage has a much greater impact on the federal budget than opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and repealing the individual mandate penalties – two provisions that the parliamentarian advised did not violate the Byrd Rule when Republicans controlled the Senate.”

He added: “I’m confident that the parliamentarian will advise next week that we can raise the minimum wage through the reconciliation process.”

The CBO has ruled that the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 would have a substantial impact on the budget, which might meet the threshold of the Byrd Rule and be passed through the reconciliation process.

Sanders has insisted that reconciliation – which would rely on all 50 Democratic senators supporting the legislation – is the way to make the minimum wage increase happen.

“It’s gonna be in reconciliation if I have anything to say about it – it’s the only way we’re gonna get it passed,” he told Insider’s Joseph Zeballos-Roig earlier this month.

But even if the parliamentarian rules in Sanders’ favor, he’ll still face resistance from moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

Manchin told The Hill earlier this month that he could support raising the minimum wage to $11 an hour, which he said was “responsible and reasonable.”

“The minimum wage provision is not appropriate for the reconciliation process,” Sinema told Politico last week. “It is not a budget item. And it shouldn’t be in there.”

The federal minimum wage, at $7.25 per hour, has been unchanged since July 2009.

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President Biden reiterates his support for a $15 minimum wage

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Joe Biden at a CNN town hall at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 16, 2021.

  • At a town hall on Tuesday night, President Joe Biden discussed a minimum wage increase.
  • Biden reiterated his support for a $15 minimum wage, and stressed an increase would be gradual.
  • This increase is currently included in Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package.
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In his first presidential town hall, President Joe Biden again signaled his support for a $15 minimum wage. 

Biden was questioned by a business owner, who expressed concern that businesses in areas with a low cost of living would have to shutter if it went up. 

Biden said it’s “not illegitimate” for small businesses to worry about the impact of increasing the minimum wage in one “fell swoop,” but that he still supports the raise. He said he believes it would have both medium- and long-term benefits for both small and big businesses. 

He also said “there are studies that show that by increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, it could have an impact on a number of businesses but it would be de minimis” – and he stressed the importance of implementing the raise gradually. 

An incremental increase

The minimum wage would be increased under the aptly named Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which is currently being considered as part of Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package. It would increase the federal minimum from its current rate of $7.25 to $15 by 2025; tipped and subminimum wages would also incrementally increase to the standard federal minimum.

Democrats are looking to pass the measure through reconciliation, which requires only 51 votes and may have become more viable in recent days.

Researcher Yannet Lathrop of the National Employment Law Project previously told Insider that incremental increases make sense, as the act would more than double some states’ minimum wages.

“If the wage in those places was closer to $15, I think it would make a lot more sense to do it in one or two steps, but a gradual approach is probably better so that businesses have a chance to adjust to the higher wages,” she said.

Biden also said that if that $7.25 minimum wage had been indexed to inflation, the minimum wage today would be around $20 an hour.

When asked about a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that projects a $15 minimum wage would cost 1.4 million jobs, Biden said several other economic studies have suggested less of a negative impact on employment.

Several economists have offered critiques of the CBO’s job loss projections. Arindrajit Dube, a professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, previously told Insider that he found the projections “pessimistic,” and the Economic Policy Institute released its own blog post discussing the report’s projections

“We’re at $7.25 an hour. No one should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty,” Biden said.

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A $15 minimum wage would barely hurt business and be life-changing for many workers

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A group of BLM demonstrators protest the Federal Reserve Bank about $15 minimum wage in NYC to solidarity nationwide in Lower Manhattan at the financial district in New York, United States on July 20, 2020

  • President Biden wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  • Some fear that would hurt businesses or employment, but it would likely have a minimal effect.
  • And for workers currently making less than $15 an hour, it would be life-changing.
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The federal minimum wage hasn’t changed since the last time President Joe Biden held office.

In 2009, the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 – where it remains today. Some individual states have raised their own minimums since then. But, as of 2019, 392,000 workers earned the federal minimum wage, and 1.2 million earned less, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Now, President Joe Biden wants to more than double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, a move that has already seen some pushback. Some conservatives have argued that the raise could lead to job loss; in her confirmation hearing, Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen said the move would have a “minimal, if anything” impact on jobs

But for Drew Board, who works in online grocery pickup at a Walmart in North Carolina, an increase in the minimum wage would have more than a minimal impact. At his current wage of $13.50 an hour – the highest-paying job he’s been able to find – he’s sometimes found himself having to ask for help to buy essentials like food. 

“Last year, my dog was due for her annual shots, and that was like a hundred and some dollars,” Board told Insider. “So do I use my money to put that into savings, or pay off a couple of my student loans, or do I spend it on my dog?”

He’s been involved with United for Respect, a labor activist group, for the past year. He said that he’s been advocating for basic rights for all retail workers: “If everyone is created equal, everyone should have that equal chance to live.” 

An increase to the minimum wage would have minimal impact (if any) on employment

Ben Zipperer, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), told Insider that there’s a “theoretical horror story” of businesses hiring less – and thereby hurting the lowest-paid workers – when the minimum wage is increased. He said that those effects are smaller or even nonexistent in the real world.

“What happens is that yes, it is true that when you raise the minimum wage employers hire fewer low wage workers, that is correct,” Zipperer said. “On the other hand, the factor that’s really offsetting that is that, even though employers are hiring fewer workers, fewer workers are leaving their jobs.” 

Those workers can stick around, become more experienced, and even potentially more productive. And low wage businesses will have to spend less time and money finding and training new workers – making the employment effects “much smaller.” 

“Boosting the federal minimum wage would lift millions out of poverty and serve as a huge additional pandemic stimulus boost for the entire economy,” Chuck Collins, the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, said in a statement to Insider. “We have seen how many frontline essential workers are poorly paid and most vulnerable. Boosting their pay is both morally right and economically smart.”

Read more: These maps show how the minimum wage has become another crack in the country’s economic divide

Huge boost for workers – and the potential to bridge a racial wage inequities

Gloria Machuca has worked for McDonald’s for 20 years. Until recently she worked at two different McDonald’s, working 80 hours a week – she just left to try and sell perfumes to make ends meet. 

Machuca, who has six kids, makes $9.50 an hour. She said that it’s not enough for her bills. She got involved with Fight for 15, a group advocating for a $15 minimum wage, five years ago.

For her, a $15 minimum wage would make a huge difference.

“It would change my life a lot,” she said. “Right now, I work all day and I rarely spend time with my family, my kids.” 

Zipperer said that women and workers of color are paid disproportionately low wages in the US. A minimum wage increase won’t just increase family incomes and pull more workers out of poverty – it can also be an important step towards racial equity.

“In the late 1960s, there were a series of sizable minimum wage increases,” Zipperer said. “Recent research has found that those minimum wage increases were responsible for about 20% of the fall in Black to white earnings gaps during that time period, so the minimum wage has played a very sizable role in reducing racial earnings inequality.”

Read more: 7 charts that show the glaring gap between men’s and women’s salaries in the US

Biden has already made headway in raising the minimum wage

As Insider’s Grace Dean reported, Biden is planning on signing an executive order that aims to boost all federal workers’ wages to $15 an hour. He also plans on signing an additional executive order within his first 100 days that would make sure federal contractors pay $15 an hour (and provide paid emergency leave).

Still, the proposed wage increase may prove to be a sticking point for some conservatives. During Yellen’s confirmation hearing, Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina questioned the $15 minimum wage proposal and its potential to negatively impact jobs.

“How do we grapple with parts of this package that really are philosophical in nature and denies the practical reality that comes from it?” he said.

Machuca asks that politicians opposed to the measure put themselves in the shoes of workers like her. 

She added she wants them to know “that we’re all human beings, that we have our depths, that we have our bills to pay. It is not fair that we work so much and that we have to suffer this much.”

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GOP Sen. Rand Paul says that Biden’s push for a $15 minimum wage reflects a ‘hate’ for Black teenagers

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

  • Republican Senator Rand Paul said that President Biden’s push for a $15 minimum wage would hurt Black teenagers.
  • “‘Why does Joe Biden hate Black teenagers?’ should be the question,” Paul said.
  • The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
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GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Friday came out swinging against President Joe Biden, saying that the Democratic president’s push for a $15 minimum wage would hurt Black youth.

During an interview with Fox host Sean Hannity, Paul alleged that a minimum wage increase would put 4 million people out of work.

“The people who lose their jobs first when you hike up the minimum wage are Black teenagers,” Paul said. “So, you know, ‘Why does Joe Biden hate Black teenagers?’ should be the question. Why does Joe Biden want to destroy all of these jobs?”

He added: “Even the government says that nearly 4 million people will lose their jobs.”

According to a Congressional Budget Office report, there’s a two-thirds chance that raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 would cause zero job losses on the low end of estimates to 3.7 million job losses on the high end of estimates, with a median CBO estimate of 1.3 million job losses.

However, the CBO also estimates that a $15 minimum wage would increase pay for 17 million workers.

Read more: The ultimate guide to Biden’s White House staff

Paul cited the highest CBO job loss estimate in his interview with Hannity.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but states and many localities can set higher minimum wages. Kentucky’s minimum wage sits at $7.25 an hour.

The federal minimum wage has been unchanged since July 2009.

Black communities have been hit harder than other demographic groups during the coronavirus pandemic. Government data last summer showed Black Americans were disproportionately affected by mass layoffs. Meanwhile, Gen Z has been the hardest hit in the labor market and are now on track to repeat millennials’ money problems, as Business Insider’s Hillary Hoffower reported in December.

Paul also blasted Biden for canceling the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a decision that leading Democrats have long sought, much to the consternation of Republicans, who point to job losses.

“It’s kind of a strange beginning to an administration,” Paul said. “You’re going to put your best foot forward and the first thing you say is, ‘This is how I’m going to kill jobs’ … ‘I’m going to kill thousands of jobs of the Keystone pipeline with ending it.'”

While in office, former President Donald Trump championed the US-Canada project, saying it would create 28,000 US jobs, a number that was disputed by The Washington Post in 2017. That same year, ABC News also noted that the majority of the jobs involving the pipeline would be temporary.

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Every state raising its minimum wage in 2021

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A group of BLM demonstrators protest about $15 minimum wage in Lower Manhattan’s financial district on July 20, 2020.

Some hourly workers will see larger paychecks in 2021. Twenty states already increased their minimum wages at the start of the year, and several more will see boosts in the coming months. 

Workers in New Mexico will get the largest bump. They’ll receive an additional $1.50 an hour, with the state’s hourly wage now cracking four digits. 

Overall, the movement to increase the minimum wage saw major gains in 2020, and the federal minimum wage could see a major boost in 2021: President-elect Joe Biden’s new stimulus plan would boost the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

“Nobody working 40 hours a week should be living below the poverty line,” Biden said in a speech Thursday.

As Insider’s Joseph Zeballos-Roig noted in an analysis, raising the minimum wage has not consistently negatively impacted employment – and could put more money in the pockets of 27 million workers.

A 2019 Pew Research Center poll found that 67% of Americans support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour; Insider polling from 2019 also found that 63% of respondents supported the increase. 

A record-breaking number of jurisdictions will increase their minimum wages in 2021, according to a report from the National Unemployment Law Project. Here’s where workers are already getting paid more – and where they will soon.

In Alaska, the minimum wage rose by $0.15 to $10.34 effective January 1.

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Anchorage, Alaska.

The increase is part of an annual adjustment for inflation, according to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Arizona’s minimum wage also increased annually for inflation, going from $12 to $12.15.

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The city of Flagstaff has its own higher minimum wage.

Per the Economic Policy Institute, the city of Flagstaff actually has its own, higher minimum wage. In 2021, the minimum wage in Flagstaff will be $15.

In Arkansas, the minimum wage increased from $10 to $11 effective January 1.

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Highway in Arkansas in 2010.

The raise comes from a 2018 ballot measure.

In California, the minimum wage increased from $13 to $14 effective January 1.

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Irvine, California.

From 2017 on, the minimum wage has increased yearly.

In Colorado, the minimum wage increased from $12 to $12.32.

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After the minimum wage reached $12 in January 2020, the state now adjusts annually for cost of living.

Connecticut is set to increase the minimum wage from $12 to $13 on August 1.

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Norwich, Connecticut.

The wage will gradually increase until it’s $15 in 2023.

On January 1, the minimum wage in Florida increased from $8.56 to $8.65. It will increase to $10 effective September 30.

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Florida Keys, Florida.

Florida is incrementally raising its minimum wage to $15 by 2026, making it the most conservative state to do so, as Insider previously reported.

In Illinois, the minimum wage increased from $10 to $11.

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Chicago has its own minimum wage.

Illinois also has two areas with different minimum wages, according to the Economic Policy Institute: Chicago and its surrounding Cook County. In Chicago, the minimum wage will increase from $14 to $15 on July 1. In Cook County, the minimum wage of $13 will see an annual increase on July 1 tied to the consumer price index.

In Maine, the minimum wage increased from $12 to $12.15.

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Freeport, Maine.

It’s the first annual increase for cost of living.

In Maryland, the minimum wage increased from $11 to $11.75 effective January 1.

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Lexington Park, Maryland.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, Maryland also has two areas with different minimum wages: Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

On July 1, the minimum wage in Montgomery County will increase from $14 to $15. Prince George’s County had its own minimum wage of $11.50 until January 1, when it changed to Maryland’s state rate.

In Massachusetts, the minimum wage increased from $12.75 to $13.50 effective January 1.

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Boston, Massachusetts.

The minimum wage will increase by an additional $.75 in 2022 and in 2023.

In Minnesota, the minimum wage rose from $10 to $10.08 effective January 1.

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Red Wing, Minnesota.

The rate was adjusted for inflation.

In Missouri, the minimum wage increased from $9.45 to $10.30 effective January 1.

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Light traffic in St. Louis.

The minimum wage will increase by $0.85 again in 2022 and 2023.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, both Kansas City and St. Louis passed their own minimum wage ordinances in 2015, although their rates are the same as the state’s.

In Montana, the minimum wage increased from $8.65 to $8.75.

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Whitefish, Montana.

Gov. Steve Bullock said the wage is tied to inflation.

In Nevada, the minimum wage is set to increase from $9 to $9.75.

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Las Vegas, Nevada.

The wage will gradually increase to $12 in 2024.

In New Jersey, the minimum wage increased from $11 to $12.

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Camden, New Jersey.

The state’s minimum wage will increase by $1 each year until hitting $15 in 2024.

In New Mexico, the minimum wage increased from $9 to $10.50.

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Taos, New Mexico.

The state minimum wage will gradually increase through 2023, when it will become $12.

In New York, the minimum wage increased from $11.80 to $12.50, effective December 31, 2020.

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New York City.

In New York City, the minimum wage is $15, and in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties the minimum wage increased from $13 to $14 on December 31, 2020, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

In Ohio, the minimum wage increased from $8.70 to $8.80.

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Dayton, Ohio.

The state had an annual increase on January 1.

In Oregon, the minimum wage is set to increase from $12 to $12.75 on July 1.

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Eugene, Oregon.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, both the Portland Urban Growth Boundary and non-urban counties have different minimum wages. (Under state law, each metropolitan area has such a land use planning line around its perimeter, to control urban expansion.)

In the Portland Urban Growth Boundary, the minimum wage will increase from $13.25 to $14.50 on July 1. And in non-urban counties, the minimum wage will increase from $11.50 to $12 on July 1.

In South Dakota, the minimum wage increased from $9.30 to $9.45.

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Pierre, South Dakota.

The state had an annual increase on January 1.

In Vermont, the minimum wage increased from $10.96 to $11.75.

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Montpelier, Vermont.

The wage rose as part of annual indexing.

In Virginia, the minimum wage is set to increase from $7.25 to $9.50 on May 1.

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Richmond, Virginia.

The wage will gradually increase until it is $15 in 2026.

In Washington, the minimum wage increased from $13.50 to $13.69.

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Olympia, Washington.

The state adjusts the wage each year with a cost-of-living increase.

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