A look at minimum wage laws in the US

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 19, 2014 at 11:04 am •  Published: June 19, 2014

Proposals to raise the minimum wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour are increasingly divisive. In many states, the push is opposed by state officials concerned that local minimum wages could create a confusing patchwork. Opponents also say higher wages could force businesses to cut jobs or raise prices. Here's a look at some battlegrounds:


SEATTLE: The City Council voted this month to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Big businesses will get three or four years to phase in the increase; smaller employers get seven years. A lawsuit filed in federal court is challenging the increase.


CHICAGO: City aldermen are calling for a $15 minimum wage; state lawmakers in Illinois have placed a vote on the fall ballot asking voters whether the state's $8 minimum wage should be increased to $10.


SAN FRANCISCO: City voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.


NEW YORK CITY: Mayor Bill de Blasio had asked state lawmakers to raise the state's minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10.10, make future increases automatic based on inflation and allow cities to raise their starting wages up to $13.13. It appears state lawmakers will adjourn without voting on the measure.

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