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Minimum Wage Workers Get Pay Raise

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of the lowest-paid workers in New York and New Jersey will get a pay hike on January first.

In New Jersey, the minimum wage will rise one dollar, to $8.25, and will be indexed to inflation for the first time.

In New York, the minimum wage will increase 75 cents, to $8.00. It will then rise in phases to $9 by 2016.

The National Employment Law Project predicts hundreds of millions of dollars in increased economic activity as a result of workers spending from their bigger paychecks.

Workers in eleven other states, including Connecticut, Florida, and Ohio, will see their pay rise as well.

One group that's missing out on the benefit is tipped workers, like waiters and busboys. Their base rate will stay the same in New York – at least for now. New Jersey has no minimum wage for tipped workers.

The minimum wage will also increase in 11 other states on New Year's Day - Connecticut, Rhode Island, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

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Comments [4]

Lynn from Indiana

Why is,nt minimum wage going up in Indiana ? How do they expect people to survive on $7.25 an hour plus alot of places wont work you 30 hours or more because they would have to have insurance for you. So people are making $7.25 an hour and only working 25 to 28 hours a week. Its ridiculous. full time should go up to 38 to 40 hours so minimum wage workers paying necessary bills could make a little more working more hours. They bust their rear ends and make poverty level wages, but still have the bills of decent pay workers.

Jan. 03 2014 04:12 PM
Silvia from The Bronx

If Lawmakers were required to live on minimum wage for a period of one month in order to experience the lives of their constituents, then minimum wage would suddenly increase.

Jan. 01 2014 11:35 PM
Adrienne Gelfand-Perine from Ulster County

This is a crime against poor people! The cost of postage eats up the increase of this wage. When is this Congress going to realize that across the board, in order to get this economy on track, we MUST raise the minimum wage above $10 an hour.

Dec. 31 2013 12:29 PM
Lucie Grosvenor from Brooklyn

I was disheartened to see that in talking about tipped workers you mention "waiters and busboys", both referring to male workers. There are millions of female tipped workers who are also unaffected by the raise in minimum wage. Please be more mindful to avoid gender-specific terms in reporting issues like this!

Dec. 31 2013 08:23 AM

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