States Take Minimum Wage into Own Hands

By Bill Dunn, CPP

As of January 1, there are now 29 states that have minimum wages higher than the federal government. This is an unprecedented number that have some people wondering, “How did this happen?”

In his January 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he planned to introduce legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hour over a three-year period. Now with a Republican-controlled Congress, the legislation supporting this increase may be delayed. Many states have since taken it upon themselves to handle the issue of wages for workers rather than waiting for Congress to take action. Read more / Watch video

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