Special Report

41 Places With a Higher Minimum Wage This Year

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16. Maine
> New minimum wage: $11.00
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $10.00

Maine voters passed a referendum in 2016 to incrementally increase the statewide minimum hourly wage to $12.00 by 2020. The city of Portland could later this year further raise its minimum wage to adjust for rising cost of living.

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17. Massachusetts
> New minimum wage: $12.00
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $11.00

Massachusetts passed a law last summer to incrementally boost the minimum hourly wage to $15.00 by 2023. This year, minimum wage in the state climbed from $11.00 an hour to $12.00.

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18. Minnesota
> New minimum wage: $9.86 (large empl.) $8.04 (small empl.)
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $9.65 (large empl.) $7.87 (small empl.)

In 2014, Minnesota lawmakers voted to approve three consecutive annual increases to the state’s minimum hourly wage, and to increase the wage with inflation annually starting in 2018. Employers with annual gross revenue of greater than $500,000 must pay a higher minimum wage.

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19. Missouri
> New minimum wage: $8.60
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $7.85

Missouri voters approved last year a ballot initiative to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage by 85 cents per year until 2023, when the minimum wage would hit $12.00 per hour. After that, the wage will be indexed to inflation and be adjusted accordingly.

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20. Montana
> New minimum wage: $8.50
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $8.30

Since the passage of a ballot initiative in 2006, Montana has annually reviewed its statewide minimum hourly wage and adjusted it to account for increases in the cost of living based on a federal measure of the urban consumer price index. Montana raised its minimum wage by 20 cents on Jan. 1.