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Minimum Wage Raise

Updated on April 26, 2013
The current minimum wage is $7.25
The current minimum wage is $7.25

Wage Increases

California and Michigan are leading by example in the fight to raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 per hour.

While some states currently have minimum wage set higher than the federally assigned rate, the country is still looking to raise the wage across the board.

The Raise Debate

While some politicians feel an increase in the minimum wage is fair, there are still some screaming foul, believing that an increase in wages could hurt employers ability to pay higher wages.

Some would argue that minimum wage is no longer sufficient in regards to housing costs, rising food bills and fluctuating gas prices.

What do you think?

Highest Minimum Wage States

States with the highest minimum wage currently include states like:

Alaska at $7.75

Arizona at $7.80

California at $8.00 with a proposed jump to $10.00

Colorado at $7.78

Conneticut at $8.50

Delaware at $7.75

Florida at $7.79

Illinois at $8.25

Iowa at $7.80

Maine at $7.50

Massachusetts at $8.00

Michigan at $7.40

Missouri at $7.35

Montana at $7.80

New Mexico at $7.50

Nevada at $8.25

New York will be at $8.00 an hour beginning in December 2013

Ohio at $7.85

Oregon at $8.95

Rhode Island at $7.75

Vermont at $8.60

Washington at $9.19

Minnesota has the lowest minimum wage set at an alarmingly low $6.15. Even Puerto Rico pays a higher minimum wage at $6.55 though that is still considerably lower than most states in America.

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States Still at $7.25 Minimum Wage

The states that are still at $7.25 per hour minimum wage are as follows:

Alabama

Arkansas

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Mississippi

North Carolina

North Dakota

Nebraska

New Hampshire

New Jersey

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Minimum Wage in Texas

The minimum wage in Texas is $7.25 which comes to roughly $15,080 per year, or less than $1260 per month. With the way rents are set, a resident of Texas must make three times the rent to qualify for an apartment in the state. Which means they can "afford" a rent of only $419.

You can't find an efficiency apartment for that amount, especially in the Austin, Texas area. That means a family of two working adults, both making minimum wage cannot afford more than $840 per month. If they have a family of more than four people, they are now kicked out of the qualifying bracket for a two bedroom apartment but will not qualify for anything more spacious.

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Contact Your Representatives

If you believe that the federal minimum wage should be raised to $10.00 an hour, call your representatives or contact the White House directly to see what you can do to support the act.

Every voice matters.

The phone number to the White House is 202-456-1111 to leave a comment.

The White House switchboard number is 202-456-1414.

The White House visitor's office can be reached at 202-456-6213.

Wagon wheel tracks in Round Rock, Texas mark the area first founded by settlers.
Wagon wheel tracks in Round Rock, Texas mark the area first founded by settlers. | Source

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    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It's interesting to see how much minimum wage is in different states, and amazing that even the "highest" ones are so low. Cost of living goes up every year, and the minimum wage doesn't go up to compensate for it. Those lucky enough to get a pay raise don't benefit much. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • sydneyspence profile imageAUTHOR

      Sydney Spence 

      5 years ago from Austin Texas

      Thank you for the comment Joe ~ I'll be keeping an eye out to see how this goes :) I agree with you that people have to have 2-3 jobs per household just to make mortgages. It's just sad that those in the position of not having to rely on $7.25 can easily say others can.

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I saw your response to Bill above, and thus with the awareness that you are also a property manager, I am very appreciative of your empathy for those struggling to make enough just to afford an apartment.

      I live in Washington state now, and I'm rather surprised that we lead the nation in regards to minimum wage. My former home state of Hawai'i, arguably near the top of the list of most expensive states to live in, is still at $7.25 an hour minimum wage. Most people I know have to work 2-3 jobs just to afford mortgages or rent. While there's no easy fix in sight, I wonder what the legislators are proposing. Keep us posted, Sydney! Good job on this hub! Aloha!

      Joe

    • sydneyspence profile imageAUTHOR

      Sydney Spence 

      5 years ago from Austin Texas

      Thank you Bill for that insightful comment and I fully agree ~ I'm not concerned with the larger corporations that should already have higher wages. I too will always lean to the worker. As a property manager I can attest to the fact that minimum wage isn't enough for people to live on ~ especially when it comes to getting an apartment.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is an interesting topic. Where I live, in Washington, we have a fairly high minimum wage....still, and people need to understand this....it is very hard to live on minimum wage. Those who would argue against it evidently have never tried to do so.

      Now, having said that, I fully understand that raising the wage will hurt small businesses, and those are the businesses I am concerned with. I don't care about McDonald's and Walmart....instead of making $10 billion in a quarter they will only make $9 billion....breaks my heart. :)

      Interesting topic, Sydney. I can see both sides of the argument, but I will always lean towards the worker.

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