States Raising Minimum Wage

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1. Alaska
> 2019 minimum wage increase: $0.05
> New minimum wage: $9.89
> Increase takes effect: Jan. 1, 2019
> Planned minimum: N/A

Alaska will raise its minimum wage by just 5 cents to $9.89 an hour, the smallest minimum wage increase of any state, but up from $9.84 in 2018. The minimum wage had been $9.80 in 2017. Alaska’s minimum wage automatically increases to adjust for inflation rather than by ballot initiative or state legislative action.

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2. Arizona
> 2019 minimum wage increase: $0.50
> New minimum wage: $11.00
> Increase takes effect: Jan. 1, 2019
> Planned minimum: $12.00 (2020)

Arizona’s minimum wage will increase to $11.00 an hour in 2019, up 50 cents from 2018. The tipped minimum wage will increase the same amount, from $7.50 to $8.00 per hour. The state’s minimum wage will continue to increase steadily until it hits $12.00 an hour in 2020.

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3. Arkansas
> 2019 minimum wage increase: $0.75
> New minimum wage: $9.25
> Increase takes effect: Jan. 1, 2019
> Planned minimum: $11.00 (2021)

Last night Arkansas voters approved the bill that will increase the minimum wage by 75 cents in 2019. The state’s minimum wage had been $8.50 since 2017. Arkansas is one of the poorest states in the nation, and the hike in minimum wage will enable one quarter of all state workers to get a raise. By 2021, low income workers will be earning $11.00 an hour.

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4. California
> 2019 minimum wage increase: $1.00 (large empl.), $0.50 (small empl.)
> New minimum wage: $12.00 (large empl.), $11.00 (small empl.)
> Increase takes effect: Jan. 1, 2019
> Planned minimum: $15.00 (2022-23)

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s $15 per hour minimum wage law into effect in 2016. Businesses with more than 25 employees will be required to pay workers at least $15 an hour by 2022. Small businesses will be required to match that by 2023. For now, the minimum wage will increase to $12.00 per hour for businesses with at least 25 employees and to $11.00 per hour for smaller employers in 2019.

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5. Colorado
> 2019 minimum wage increase: $0.90
> New minimum wage: $11.10
> Increase takes effect: Jan. 1, 2019
> Planned minimum: $12.00 (2020)

In 2019, Colorado’s low-income workers will see a a 90-cent boost to their hourly wage. By 2020, the minimum wage will be $12.00 an hour, thanks to the passage of Amendment 70 in 2017. Tipped employees will also receive an increase in 2019 to $8.08 an hour, up from the previous $7.18 an hour.