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Over 5 Million Workers Will Have Higher Pay on January 1 Thanks to State Minimum Wage Increases


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Over 5 Million Workers Will Have Higher Pay on January 1 Thanks to State Minimum Wage Increases

David Cooper

On January 1, 2019, 20 states will raise their minimum wages, lifting pay for 5.3 million workers across the country.1 The increases, which range from a $0.05 inflation adjustment in Alaska to a $2.00 per hour increase in New York City, will give affected workers approximately $5.4 billion in increased wages over the course of 2019.


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Oregon’s minimum wage will increase to $12.50 an hour on July 1st, 2019. ( Higher populations )
This last year means one thing, it’s not keeping up with the states’s inflation, primarily due to housing ( rents ) costs.
The law will have to revisited to make an annual inflation adjustment permanent, probably in 2021 or 2022.


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Whooee, 5 whole cents in Alaska, hope workers don’t spend it all in one place.


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FYI, only the PMA will see the $12.50/hour this year.
For a more comprehensive look at Oregon’s minimum wage:
https://www.oregon.gov/boli/whd/omw/pages/minimum-wage-rate-summary.aspx


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What usually sucks is when the min wage is increased it is done in increments of .25 cents at a time over a period of years. By the time the 15 hr wage increase is actually reached it is already too little to late to do any good 15 won’t be enough it will take 20 hr…These businesses get to inch it up little by little making it useless in the end