More of the Minimum

DimeRecently 10 states increased their minimum wage, which will affect an estimated 1 million workers in the U.S. The states that raised their minimum wage to varying degrees include:
• Arizona
• Colorado
• Florida
• Missouri
• Montana
• Ohio
• Oregon
• Rhode Island
• Vermont
• Washington

According to Reuters, these wage increases could result in an ‘an extra $190 to $510 per year’ for minimum wage earners depending on where they live. Critics of this increase say it will cost companies too much money, reduce hiring and cause companies to relocate to states with lower minimum wages. T. William Lester, a regional economist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, along with a research team has studied the effects of raising minimum wages in counties that border a state line. Their studies have shown that raising minimum wage had no impact on employment and that it often reduced turnover, which resulted in lowering company costs.

To be clear these increases in the minimum wage while a step in the right direction are still not enough to support a family, or in many cases an individual, at a livable rate. To compare your own state’s minimum wage to living wage estimates take a look at this Living Wage Calculator.

Andrea Perri
Project Specialist
Campaign Consultation, Inc.

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I came to Campaign Consultation with a strong background in social work and community organizing. I am also a former Peace Corps health volunteer who served in The Gambia working on maternal and child health care projects.In my role as Project Specialist, I assist with project research, content development and other support for the Social Innovation Fund, George Washington University Freshman Day of Service and other projects.Read more.

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