Twenty US states receive the year with a minimum wage increase

Twenty states of the United States will receive the year 2021 with an increase in the minimum wage that will begin to be charged this Friday, January 1, and that in the most generous of cases will be around 15 dollars per hour, a goal established at the national level by the unions .

While the minimum wage at the federal level will remain at 7.25 dollars, an amount that has remained unchanged since 2009, according to a report published this Friday by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), 20 states and 32 cities and counties will increase their wages. minimum on January 1.

This group that tracks and advocates for increases in the minimum wage throughout the country assured that in 27 of these jurisdictions the minimum wage will reach or exceed $ 15 per hour.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), currently 29 states and the District of Columbia, where the nation’s capital is located, have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25 per hour.

However, five states have not adopted a state minimum wage (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee), and Georgia and Wyoming have a minimum wage below 7.25 per hour, although it is applied in all of them. the federal minimum wage.

Therefore, thousands of workers in these states, many of them on the front line and considered ‘essential’ during the covid-19 pandemic, will continue with a minimum wage that will be less than half that in other regions of the country, than in the recent years have approved gradual increases.

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The New Year’s raises will be followed by another round of raises later in 2021, when 5 states and 18 localities will raise their minimum wage, 13 of them to $ 15 or more. In all, 24 states and 50 cities and counties – a record 74 jurisdictions – will increase their minimum wage over the course of 2021, NELP noted.

Some of the increases were already planned for a long time, while in the case of Florida it was won at the polls in the last elections of November 3, when an initiative was approved to gradually increase the state minimum wage to $ 15 in 2026.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican and close friend of President Donald Trump, was against this proposal that was supported by 61% of voters and that makes the state the eighth in the country on track to reach the sought-after figure of $ 15 per hour.

“There are 20 states still stuck at the federal floor of $ 7.25 an hour, with state legislators refusing to listen to the pleas of their constituents. Meanwhile, Congress has refused to raise the federal minimum wage for more than 10 years, ”lamented NELP analyst and researcher Yannet Lathrop.

Against this backdrop, Lathrop urged the incoming administration, led by President-elect Joe Biden, and Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 or more.

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