Local Business Reacts to Minimum Wage Increase

Shawna Green waitress at Granny Shaffer's puts out menus for customers at the restaurant in Joplin Mo. Wages will be increasing for millions of low-income workers across the U.S. as the new year ushers in new laws

Minimum-wage workers in Florida are getting a little more in their paychecks in 2019. In California, Massachusetts and NY, the increases are small steps in the broader effort of eventually raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The hourly minimum wage for tipped employees will be $4.55 per hour effective January 1, 2019, half the minimum wage for non-tipped employees.

This 2019 minimum wage increase marks the third consecutive year of NY wage hikes.

According to the report, 38 cities and counties are raising minimum wage. This is well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009.

"Eventually when we get to that 11 dollars an hour in Arkansas, that minimum wage is going to be outside, much higher than that 60% of the median wage and we are not sure what the effects of that will be in terms of jobs or whether we will see positive effects or not", he said. The highest minimum wage in the land will be $16.09 for hospitality and transportation employees in SeaTac, Washington (a city that grew up around the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport). "But it's motivated many of them to accept that we need higher minimum wages than we now have in much of the country".

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OH is one of 18 states adjusting wages in 2019.

Economic studies on minimum wage increases have shown that some workers do benefit, while others might see their work hours reduced.

The remaining 21 states use the federal minimum wage: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. In Illinois, a new law requires that total to match the local minimum wage instead of the federal one. Many states are raising this maximum as well.

For some, the wage increases aren't entirely welcome. Last year, she briefly made $10 an hour until Missouri passed a law to pre-empt wage increases in its cities.

Advocates say the trend toward higher minimum wages began in 2012, when the "Fight for $15" national movement began protesting for higher wages for fast food, child care and airline workers, among other businesses. It took another year for voters to raise the statewide minimum wage.

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