The Wall Street Journal: New year brings minimum-wage increases to 18 states

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The new year will bring higher minimum wages in 18 states and almost two dozen municipalities, continuing a recent trend of steady pay increases for the lowest-paid workers.

In some cases, the increases represent one of several steps in a multiyear process to slowly raise the minimum wage. Arizona, for instance, will see its pay floor rise 50 cents on Jan. 1, followed by another 50 cents in 2019 and $1 in 2020, part of a four-year process to boost the base salary for workers who don’t work for tips to $12 an hour by 2020. Voters approved a measure in 2016 to raise the minimum wage in four steps.

In Washington, where voters also backed a ballot measure in 2016, the minimum wage will rise to $11.50 an hour from $11 in 2018, one of several steps to boost it to $13.50 an hour by 2020.

Other states, such as Florida, Minnesota and Ohio, will see the minimum wage rise simply because it is indexed to inflation.

Two more states, Maryland and Oregon, are set to boost minimum wages on July 1, 2018.

The Wall Street Journal

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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