In January, Democrats on Capitol Hill introduced the “Raise the Wage Act,” which aims to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024. The legislation has more than 180 co-sponsors, including support from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 – which Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for president in 2020, has called a “starvation wage.”
While not all Republicans are opposed to raising the minimum wage, some – including White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow – think states should make those decisions, rather than the federal government.
Here’s a look at some of the states and cities where minimum wages are increasing on Monday:
In New Jersey, the minimum wage rose to $10 per hour, up from $8.85. The 13 percent increase is part of the state legislature’s five-year plan to increase wages to $15 per hour by 2024.
Minimum wage workers in Oregon saw their hourly pay rise by $0.50 on Monday. The minimum wage is now $12.50 in Portland, $11 in more rural areas and $11.25 for everywhere in between.
Wages in the state are set to gradually increase through 2022.
The minimum wage for small businesses in Minneapolis rose to $11 per hour – including those companies that have 100 employees, or less.
For larger businesses, the minimum pay rate increased to $12.25 per hour.
Large employers in the state will be required to adhere to an hourly wage rate of $15 by July, 2022.
In the nation’s capital, wages increased to $14, from $13.25.
In the Windy City, the minimum wage rose to $13 per hour, up from $12.
Several counties in California also hiked their minimum wages on Monday. In Berkeley, the new minimum wage is $15.59, up from $15. The same hike will affect workers in San Francisco.
In Los Angeles, minimum wages rose to $14.25 for employers with 26 or more employees – the same for Malibu.