14 States to Raise Minimum Wage, Washington Tops at $9.32/HR

14 States to Raise Minimum Wage, Washington Tops at $9.32/HRThe federally-mandated minimum wage stands at $7.25 an hour as lawmakers, economists, companies and workers’ advocates debate raising it further.
However, 14 states are raising the minimum wage on their own, unwilling or unable to wait for U.S. lawmakers to make the move.
Most of these state increases are the result of new legislation or constitutional provisions (in 10 states) mandating yearly minimum wage assessments tied to increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The state of Washington takes the prize for highest minimum wage, $9.32 per hour beginning Jan. 1.
Keep in mind, that the minimum wage in most states for tipped workers, such as restaurant servers, is much lower. The following are mostly for all other workers.
Here are the new minimum wages:
Arizona.  $7.90 per hour; tied to CPI.
California.  $9.00 per hour on January 1, 2014, then $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016.
Colorado.  $8.00 per hour.
Connecticut. $8.75 per hour on January 1, 2014.  That rate will increase again on January 1, 2015 to $9.00 per hour.
Florida. $7.93 per hour; tied to CPI.
Missouri.  $7.50 per hour; tied to CPI.
Montana.  $7.90 per hour.
New Jersey. $8.25 per hour.
New York.  $8.00 per hour on December 1, 2013, to $8.75 per hour on December 1, 2014, and a third time on December 1, 2015 to $9.00 per hour.
Ohio.  $7.95 per hour; tied to CPI.
Oregon.  $9.10 per hour; tied to the CPI.
Rhode Island.  $8.00 per hour.
Vermont. $8.73 per hour.
Washington. $9.32 per hour; tied to CPI.

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