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Minimum wage going up in Az, 12 other states on Jan. 1

The minimum wage is going up in 13 states on Jan. 1, including a 10-cent hike in Arizona, where the new rate will be $7.90 per hour.

The wage floor will rise in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Lawmakers have voted to raise the minimum hourly wage by as much as $1 in some states. In New Jersey, for example, the state’s minimum wage will increase by $1 to $8.25 per hour.

In Arizona, the minimum wage for tipped workers will also rise 10 cents, to $4.90 per hour.

The policy changes mean that, starting Jan. 1, 21 states will have minimum wages that are more than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.

The National Employment Law Project said as many as 11 more states plus the nation’s capital are likely to look at minimum wage increases in 2014.

An ABC/Washington Post poll published last week found that two-thirds of Americans think the minimum wage should go up. More than one-third of respondents said an increase to $9 per hour is reasonable.

Washington currently has the highest state minimum wage of $9.19 per hour. California will bump its minimum rate to $9 per hour in July.

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Fast food workers and Wal-mart employees staged protests in least 100 cities this year to call attention to their requests for a $15-per-hour wage.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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Dec 31, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Minimum wage was never meant to be a standard to “raise a family” with.  Every time the minimum wage increases, those making a few dollars above don’t get an increase. Why does a burger flipper believe they should get $15 an hour when I never earned that much an hour working in professional settings my entire career in Tucson. (and I have a college degree)  Every time the minimum wage goes up, so does the price of all restaurant food.

If you want to earn a larger wage than $7+ an hour, get the proper education and skills that command a better wage.

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