Special Report

41 Places With a Higher Minimum Wage This Year

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26. Ohio
> New minimum wage: $8.55
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $8.30

Every year since voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2006, Ohio assesses and adjusts its minimum hourly wage to account for inflation. Every year since voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2006, Ohio assesses and adjusts its minimum hourly wage to account for inflation. This year, the minimum hourly wage was raised by 25 cents, from $8.30 to $8.55.

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27. Palo Alto, California
> New minimum wage: $15.00
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $13.50

This Silicon Valley city passed an incremental minimum hourly wage increase in 2016 with a target of $15.00 by the start of this year. Palo Alto is one of several San Francisco Bay area cities that now have a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour or more.

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28. Redwood, California
> New minimum wage: $13.50
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $11.00 (large empl.) $10.50 (small empl.)

California had the largest number of minimum hourly wage hikes to ring in the new year. Redwood is one of three Bay Area cities (including Oakland and Belmont) that are still marching toward a $15.00 per hour local minimum wage. Other nearby cities have already hit that target.

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29. Rhode Island
> New minimum wage: $10.50
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $10.10

On Jan. 1, Rhode Island completed its two-step process to increase the statewide minimum hourly wage by 90 cents to implement a state law passed in 2017. Now, Democratic lawmakers in the state are pushing to enact legislation to gradually increase that wage to $15.00 an hour.

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30. Richmond, California
> New minimum wage: $15.00
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $13.41

Richmond joins several San Francisco Bay Area cities in hitting at the start of the year the $15.00 target for its local minimum hourly wage. Starting this year, the city will annually increase the minimum hourly wage based on inflation.