These 18 States Just Raised the Minimum Wage

Here’s some good news to start the year: Eighteen U.S. states kicked off 2018 by raising the minimum wage for nearly 4.5 million Americans. Ranging from a 4 cent boost in Alaska to a $ 1 increase in Maine, it marks a small but significant victory for employees and their families, and a welcome bit of extra green following the holiday season.

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The federal minimum has not increased since 2009, remaining steady at $ 7.25 an hour, which labor activists from groups like Fight for $ 15 to Senator Bernie Sanders have called “starvation pay,” proposing instead, among other things, a nationally mandated $ 15 an hour wage. According to the Economic Policy Institute, once you account for inflation and cost of living, a sustainable living wage should be even higher, at $ 19 an hour.

In addition to the 18 states, 20 cities, including Washington D.C. and New York, also moved to increases wages for their residents. New York’s minimum wage increased to $ 12 for small businesses and $ 13 for businesses with 11 or more employees.

See which states increased their minimum wage (and by how much) below.

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Alaska
New Minimum Wage: $ 9.84 ($ .04 increase)

Arizona
New Minimum Wage: $ 10.50 ($ .50 increase)

California
New Minimum Wage: $ 11.00 ($ .50 increase)

Colorado
New Minimum Wage: $ 10.20 ($ .90 increase)

Florida
New Minimum Wage: $ 8.25 ($ .15 increase)

Hawaii
New Minimum Wage: $ 10.10 ($ .85 increase)

Maine
New Minimum Wage: $ 10 ($ 1.00 increase)

Michigan
New Minimum Wage: $ 9.25 ($ .35 increase)

Minnesota
New Minimum Wage: $ 9.65 ($ .15 increase)

Missouri
New Minimum Wage: $ 7.85 ($ .15 increase)

Montana
New Minimum Wage: $ 8.30 ($ .15 increase)

New Jersey
New Minimum Wage: $ 8.60 ($ .16 increase)

New York
New Minimum Wage: $ 10.40 ($ .70 increase)

Ohio
New Minimum Wage: $ 8.30 ($ .15 increase)

Rhode Island
New Minimum Wage: $ 10.10 ($ .50 increase)

South Dakota
New Minimum Wage: $ 8.85 ($ .20 increase)

Vermont
New Minimum Wage: $ 10.50 ($ .50 increase)

Washington
New Minimum Wage: $ 11.50 ($ .50 increase)

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