Florida's minimum wage rises to $8.46 per hour beginning New Year's Day.
The state's minimum wage is $8.46 an hour as of Tuesday, up from $8.25 an hour in 2018, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
In Missouri and neighboring Arkansas, voters in November overwhelmingly approved a minimum-wage increase, which directly affects about 1 million workers. Some cities in California, Santa Fe in New Mexico, and the whole state of Nevada, are planning minimum wage increases on July 1.
The revised enforcement decree of the Minimum Wage Act takes effect starting Tuesday, following its approval by the Cabinet on Monday.
Since the federal minimum wage was last raised in 2009, it has lost about 9.6 percent of its purchasing power to inflation, according to a 2017 report by the Pew Research Center.
But from an employer's point of view, a minimum wage increases is rarely good news. The reason: Missouri's minimum wage is rising. But the total of their salary and tips must at least equal the federal minimum wage.
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OH is one of 18 states adjusting wages in 2019.
Advocates credit the trend toward higher minimum wages to the "Fight for $15", a national movement that has used protests and rallies to push for higher wages for workers in fast food, child care, airlines and other sectors. Since then, 29 states, and more than 40 cities or counties, have hiked their minimums above the federal $7.25.
"Working people are struggling to pay their bills, but they see that it's the corporations and the wealthy CEOs who are getting the tax breaks", Owens said.
"For us it's very simple".
A number of cities, including Seattle; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Flagstaff, Arizona, and a number of cities in California, are also raising their minimum wages this year, in some cases to a higher rate than respective states overall. In 2020, it will increase again to $15 per hour.