Election Results Show Minimum Wage is On Its Way Up Across the Country | Labor Law Compliance & More//
While Democrats had a tough time with the Midterm Elections, they gained victory with an essential issue that has been advocated for months now. A higher minimum wage was approved by 4 states that tend to lean red in their decisions. South Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Alaska have all approved state proposals to raise minimum wage over the next few years.
Below is a summary of the proposed increases for each of the four states:
- Alaska: $7.75 to $9.75 by 2016
- Arkansas: $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017
- Nebraska: $7.25 to $9.00 by 2016
- South Dakota: $7.25 to $8.50 next year (adjusted for inflation subsequently)
Over the past two years, 12 states and Washington D.C. have all approved proposals to raise their minimum wage. San Francisco seems to be at the front of the pack with their proposed wage increase by 2017: $10.74 to $15 by 2018. The city approved the measure Tuesday night.
Despite statewide changes to minimum wage, there has been no progress in Congress regarding the Democratic push for an increase on the Federal minimum wage. Currently at $7.25, the blue party has been aiming to bring minimum wage up to $10.10, known by many as Obama’s “It’s Time for Ten-Ten.”
The image below summarizes where wages are increasing, and by how much.