After Push by Obama, Minimum-Wage Action Is Moving to the States


““Nobody who works full time should be raising a family in poverty,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday as he campaigned for the minimum-wage increase in Michigan, where a coalition of labor and other groups is trying to collect signatures to force action by the Legislature or put the issue to voters in the fall.

“Mr. Obama praised the efforts of the states to raise their own wages. California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island increased their minimum wages in 2013, while Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia did the same this year, researchers at the National Conference of State Legislatures said. In addition to the efforts in Michigan, advocates in Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico and South Dakota are all trying to push the issue with voters this fall, according to the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.”

There is also an ongoing effort in Louisiana to enact a minimum wage. Currently Louisiana has no minimum wage.

Read the full NY Times article here.

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