4 states with the highest minimum wages

Momentum is building in some quarters of Washington D.C. to raise the federal minimum wage. Some states are already on the case.

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Jan 5, 2014 10:15AM

 I am a single mother of two girls. No child support. I work 40 hours a week at 8.66 an hour and also take care of my mother who had a stroke a few years ago. I am sooo behind on my bills that everything is in disconnect status. Luckily I have a landlord that works with me and doesn't kick me out when I am 500 dollars short like I am now. I can barely buy gas for my car, let alone clothes for my children. I was going to college full time and now have had to take a break, so that I can find a second part time job or a second full time job. Let me tell you that I am not driving an amazing car. My hair when it gets done my friend does it so it cost me nothing. I have one pair of work pants. I was wearing slippers to work until the toes popped out, Then an amazing person that comes to the store brought me a pair of tennis shoes. I have a zip up sweat shirt that I use as a winter jacket.  I live in DENVER! When I actually get a break I feel guilty. SO if I get something I take it back so I can get my kids something. I work my butt off and that is never going to change. I am blessed to have what I have and thankful for what I do and don't.  Things get better and worse daily and I am okay right now. I have a roof, food and love. I know that there are tons of people that have it way worse than me.  IF YOU ARE AGAINST RAISING MINIMUM WAGE..............TRY WORKING FOR IT.

Jan 5, 2014 7:45AM
I agree with paying a worker what they are worth.   The harder you work the more you get paid.  Setting a minimum wage only encourages a minimum output.  Two guys digging a ditch, one actually digging and the other leaning on his shovel watching, minimum wage...both get the same pay while one does all the work!
Jan 5, 2014 7:22AM
 There Shouldn't even be a minimum wage! Pay a worker on what he/she is worth. some employees are better than others. why should the ones who are productive carry the load for the slackers?  
Jan 5, 2014 5:43AM
What are you going to buy with $8.25 in Connecticut? I'll give you a hint.. nothing!
Jan 5, 2014 7:58AM

I'm so tired of all this nonsense. 

   When I got my first real job minimum wage was $1.40 in 1967.  I had no problems with paying all my bills and having some money left over each month (of course I was still single).  Find a site that has an inflation calculators (there are a number of them) and plug in 1967 and $1.40. See what you get for 2013 dollars?   Here's a hint - $9.80.  

  Don't know why none these talking heads on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, FOX NEWS, CBS, ABC don't simply put  this fact out.


Jan 5, 2014 6:16AM
Raising the minimum wage is just another make you feel good FARCE because all it will do is force prices of whatever is being built, made, or fryed up higher by the same amount? Some solution to anything! Get these no business sense politicians out of office asap, and find people with business education and experience to replace them from the top right down to a township and MAYBE the USA may still have a chance to prosper and some of it may rub off on us WE THE PEOPLE!
Jan 5, 2014 8:21AM

Soon all our industry will move to foreign countries and we will be left servicing the rest of the world, so we can all start raising out children to work as maids and fry cooks.

Jan 5, 2014 9:17AM
Washington state: From $9 to $15 raise of minimum wage.

This will cost union and non-union jobs. More people out of work.
The term "slit your own throat" comes to mind.

What free market? No, just bribing low income people to vote Democratic.
Dec 24, 2013 1:33PM
These aren't the states that you'd want to start any business. Small wonder Boeing is headed to South Carolina as fast as they can
Jan 5, 2014 9:38AM
Or....... One could learn a marketable trade and earn beyond even what the government wants to jack the minimum wage up to.  I have a friend who invested one year of his life to be an apprentice.  Low wages at the time, and 3 community college classes needed, but is now pulling in $16 an hour.  Not Wall Street money, but honest bill-paying money.  But I guess it's easier to bitch and moan than actually learn the ins and outs of something.
Jan 5, 2014 7:41AM
How much are you willing to pay for a burger at a fast-food restaurant? Because whatever amount the minimum wage is raised, you can be sure the price of the product they are selling will follow. So they still won't be earning a "living wage."
Jan 5, 2014 7:49AM
You raise the minimum Wage, The Business Community raise their Products...
Jan 5, 2014 11:11AM
I see one extremely encouraging side to this article: the states are trying their own experiments, not a forced one by the Feds. This is EXACTLY how this country should run. I saw reduce Fed govt., give back the states the power it has taken in most areas now, beyond national defense and interstate road maintenance.

 This allows both sides of the argument to be given a chance to prove with data what does work and what does not work. All without draining money from all taxpayers across the country for bad plans of a few states. Only this scenario allows conservatives, religious, liberals, libertarians, etc. to live happily because they won't be forced to pay for the hated programs or positions of the opposing view. Freedom to choose ... move to a different state.

 Only this approach will allow people to show their support and willingness to pay for any of these proposed programs by staying, or if the ideas prove disastrous then to be allowed to vote with their feet and move to a state with the level of services they want. 

 That was the original vision of the founding fathers in this American experiment .... lets get back to it. Lets see what works by population shifts and state budget cover runs that the states with failed experiments will be forced to deal with on their own, without the help of the ones on the opposing side that were sure they saw that train wreck coming.  

The county is so polarized we will never agree on the national level.

Lets quit trying.

Lets move the power back to the state level where the answers will quickly become painfully obvious and only the ones that are zealots on both sides of an issue can be pleased by the freedom to move to a state that supports their positions. 

A dream scenario, a return to our roots and the only one that will allow science/the data to prove what will work and what does not work. All we have today are opinions and strong feelings on opposite sides, which by definition will never come to satisfying resolution for most.
Jan 5, 2014 9:15AM
Anybody notice the tools making min wage complain about living conditions, food, basically the necessities but then have these extravagant shoes, clothes, hair, nails and sometimes cars.  Give me a break.  Its rampant here in Milwaukee with the African American population.  Even on the news you see well dressed women at homeless shelters getting a free meal.  Increase min wage, you increase freeloaders.

Let people earn the money.  Prove your skills and the company will pay you.   There is no SET maximum you know!
Jan 5, 2014 10:06AM

What a coincidence!

The states with the highest minimum wage also have some of the highest cost's of living.

So, even though you may make $10 an hour, you will probably pay more for your food gas and housing. And the liberal democrats who are screaming that we need higher minimum wages are the same politicians who are creating all the red tape and legislation that is pushing prices higher.

Jan 5, 2014 4:58AM

What the far left-wing commies at 24/7 Wall Street won't tell you, is that companies are leaving these far-left liberal states in droves.

That's why Boeing should have moved to SC.  Better employees, but you can actually fire if they suck, unlike worthless union workers

Jan 5, 2014 9:11AM
HORRIBLE STORY!  The difference between fed min wage and the highest paid state is a $1.94, yet the highest paid state has the 15th highest cost of living.  Perhaps you come ahead in that tradeoff but look at CT....you'd be screwed!

I'd rather make the federal min wage and live in the state with the lowest cost of living.  
Jan 5, 2014 11:49AM
When the government manipulates the free market, there's always unintended consequences, and the little guy gets hurt.   The companies that are most affected by the minimum wage are the same companies that cater to the lower income. They have to raise their prices to maintain their margins, so guess who pays? The minimum wage earners. Nice idea, but the reality is it doesn't work.
Jan 5, 2014 9:32AM

If you want a hire wage, make yourself more employable.


Ted Kennedy, who always pushed for a higher minimum wage did not do this country any favors.

Simply hurt the nation.

Jan 5, 2014 10:21AM
You all have good comments to a degree, however no one is looking past the rich staying rich and the poor remains poor. With all thats been said , here we are decades later with no progress. You can not keep doing the same thing and hope to get a different result.
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