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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Mar 9, 2014 9:32AM
Min wage was $1.25 when i was Born. If you take the same 5 1964 quarters and value them at a spot melt value for silver it would range about $18.75. Folks lived of 1 income those days.I think The US as a nation needs a leader who Stops the Billions and Billions Being Given away to other country's... Bailouts... Bribes.... lets take this money and invest in our American workers.

Mar 9, 2014 11:27AM
Let the Congress live on minimum wage. People rag on the Unions. Having been in a Union for over 34 years, as a result I was paid fairly and a good pension and benefits.  We always got paid more then the minimum wage. I would love to be in the Congressional Union.. Vote in your own pay raises (attached to pork when no ones around) work a minimum of 4 or 6 years and get life time pay, not minimum wage and lifetime benefits. Plus most of them suck when it comes to performing the "Will of the People"! There, I got that off my chest!
Mar 9, 2014 7:56AM
The states with the highest minimum wage are also states where the cost of living and cost of housing are very high...see a pattern here, The reality is that raising the minimum wage for jobs that are basically not worth any more than what they are being paid will simply raise the cost of everything else, Employers will reduce personnel levels and cut benefits. Businesses that can not do that will simply go out of business or move elsewhere.
Mar 9, 2014 11:28AM

These days "welfare" pays more then minimum wage and some wonder why people stay on welfare.  Why not...

Heck, congress gets paid to "do nothing" the people may as well do the same.

Mar 9, 2014 9:04AM
Its kind of funny that the Top 3 are the most expensive to live in. Hardly anything to pat yourself on the back for.
Mar 9, 2014 9:14AM
i know growing up it was life long dream to get a minimum wage job! my parents also wanted to see me achieve this goal. they kept telling me to quit school start running the streets and one day my dream would come true i would have my minimum wage job. lets keep this thing going and shoot for the bottom!
Mar 9, 2014 10:32AM

When will you liberal idiot morons realize that minimum wage jobs are paid minimum wage because they are for minimum skilled workers. These jobs are not meant to be career jobs, just a place to start. They should be for kids in high school or college to learn what going to work and holding a job down means. It should be to help pay for college or trade school where they learn skills for a career.

 Lets say they do raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, what do all the people who have been working for years to get to $10.00 an hour do? Go to $13.00 an hour? What about the $15.00 an hour employee, does he now get pushed to $18.00 an hour? So on and so on? I'm not saying it shouldn't be adjusted a little at a time, but these huge jumps just because Oduma$$ thinks it should happen, mostly for demowit votes, is just stupid political agenda driven BS.

Mar 9, 2014 10:13AM
Minimum wage laws are merely another form of taxation: the money is added to the price of production, delivery, and the rest, then passed to the wage-earner including those who got the "minimum" wage in the first place.  Minimum wage is a political ploy, a cynical one, useful only to the politician who will use it - a way to buy votes without personally having to pay for them. Retired and no longer in the market as either businessman or employee, I don't want the price of everything I must buy raised by "minimum wage" political chicanery; neither do I want the value of my money cheapened (the two are the same thing said another way, of course) by idiotic, yet pleasing to the idiot nitwit nostrums.
Mar 9, 2014 11:55AM

How people get so worked up about the minimum wage is amazing.I`d like to see the perks

and pay packages of CEO`S.When they screw up and get fired the golden parachute they get

is mindblowing.

Mar 9, 2014 8:47AM
minimum wage should be raised equal to Obamas income. if it took someone 5 to 10 years to make 15 dollars a hour. what right does a mega millionaire politician have to wipe out their years of hard work..dems are political parasites living off the misery of the middle class.
Mar 9, 2014 11:23AM

Interesting that 95% of the federal liberal politicians that support increasing the minimum wage pay $0, nothing, nada, bubkiss, to their own interns.  More liberal hypocrisy.  I'll quote just one of the liberal nut job hypocrites - Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) supports an increase in minimum wage except in his congressional office where his interns get paid NOTHING. The Nut-job hypocrite promises that "interns will receive unique career development opportunities." "All internships are unpaid."  This idiot thinks he and his ilk should be telling everyone else what they should pay people while exempting themselves from their own rules.

"Rule for thee, but not for me".

Mar 9, 2014 4:52PM
The minimum wage was $1.60 in 1968, which then would have bought 8 rides on the New York City subway, or 4 packs of cigarettes, or 16 cans of soda pop out of a machine, or 5.7 gallons of gasoline, or 6 lbs of chicken fryer parts, and it took 12.5 hours worked at minimum wage to pay for a single credit-hour at Western Michigan University.  Back in 1968 the average nationwide rent for a 2-bedroom apartment was $80 per month, and it took 50 hours worked at minimum wage to pay for it too.

Today the minimum wage is $7.25, which is 5 cents more than 4.5 times what minimum wage was in 1968.  Today a single ride on the NYC subway is $2.75 so an hour worked at minimum wage only buys 2.6 rides rather than 8 rides.  Today at an average of $6.00 per pack of cigarettes an hour worked at minimum wage only buys 1.2 packs of cigarettes, and in some States the price is as high as $11 per pack.  

Today a 12-ounce can of soda pop out of a machine averages $1.25, so an hour worked at minimum wage only buys 5.8 cans rather than the 16 cans bought in 1968.  Today gasoline is averaging $3.75 and an hour worked at minimum wage only buys 1.9 gallons, or 1/3rd as much gas as an hour worked at minimum wage bought in 1968.  Chicken fryer parts are also over $3 per pound today nationally too. 

Last academic year Western Michigan University was $420 per resident credit-hour, so it took 57 hours worked at minimum wage to pay for as single credit hour, or almost 4 times as many hours worked at minimum wage is was the case in 1968, and the average rent nationally for a 2-bedroom apartment is almost $1000 today too.

I did a retail cost-comparison study last summer involving 25 common readily-comparable consumer items, only half of them involving food or fuel.  The study found that the average retail price increase of these 25 items between 1968 and last summer was almost 1300%, which means that today's minimum wage only has 34.8% of its 1968 retail purchasing power. 

It should be noted that due to transportation industry deregulation trucking freight rates are below their 1968 cost in physical dollars too, not even including any adjustment for inflation.  So why has retail price growth outpaced the growth in our minimum wage by almost 300% since 1968, and how can our economy recover if the average wage worker can only afford to buy 1/3rd as much as they did in 1968 too?

The main reason is that upper-echelon executive pay is up by 1500% since 1968, and also that 8 million middle-class jobs have been offshored just since 1995, driving our average wages down too.   Another reason is that the rising cost of food and fuel was taken out of figuring the CPI in 1974 and the rising costs of healthcare and utility bills was later taken out too.  Frankly, the average minimum wage worker today has less buying power than such workers had in the early 1950s.

What are we as a nation willing to do to reverse this 3-decade slide toward oblivion for the purchasing power of the average American?
Mar 9, 2014 11:19AM

The issues of minimum wage and "income inequality" are liberal/Democrat-generated smoke screens, designed to deflect attention from the Obamacare nightmare, and incite class warfare, which is Obama's main goal. 

Discontent and distraction will play a greater role in the months leading up to the mid-terms. Look for an escalation in the "war against women" rhetoric, a greater push for immigration "reform", and, unfortunately, more handouts-for-votes programs from this administration until November.


Mar 9, 2014 10:02AM

Most are too stupid to know that min wage is the baseline for corporate pay scales.    Everyone else's pay is based on minimum wage.


What is really funny is how  almost all corporations have done away with defined benefit pensions in favor of the 401 k, meaning you are saving it yourself. 


In addition, most companies have over the past decade made employees pay a greater share of their health coverage, with higher deductibles.


So, employees are all getting poorer, most are too dumb to see this happening.


These same people complain that Medicare and social security are entitlements and that old people are stealing from the young.


Too stupid to note they will be old one day.  Many say "I will just work until I die."  Oh yeah?  What about if the boss fires you at age 60?  Get another job?   Huh, employers won't hire older workers.  Health?  Disability?  Oh, you are not going to be disabled?  Sure.


But what these folks who talk big do agree with is that CEOs should get big bonuses while laying off people, get big perks, while they, themselves get little and they worship , say  the Koch brothers, who laugh at them behind their backs.  Our useful idiots.


These "useful idiots"  also are the ones who fight our corporate wars for oil in Iraq, thinking they are fighting for freedom.  They are easy to placate, just a tim badge, call 'em heroes and they will protect the oil ministry in Iraq while letting everyone loot the rest of the country.


Finally, these folks who think the rich should own 99% of everything are too stupid to know that it is the poor, middle class who keep them in their line of work.  The rich don't buy anything from them.

Mar 9, 2014 12:25PM

Believe it or not, Walmart pays above the minimum wage.

The $7.95 minimum wage, in Ohio, goes further than the higher minimum wages of those states above $8.00 per hour identified in this article.

Trashing a corporation for making a profit makes no sense.  The only jobs poor people create are government jobs.

Unlike our elected Congressman and Senators, businesses and individuals must have a positive cash flow in order to survive. 

Our government continues to operate on the premise that we can spend money we don't have.  We've been robbing from Social Security for years.  We continue to print money as needed.  We continue to raise the debt ceiling without any thought to debt that we are passing on to our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc etc.

Until we get term limits for all elected officials, until Americans stop voting straight Democrat or straight republican tickets, until voters take the time to educate themselves on federal, state and local issues prior to voting and until voters get away from the "I am entitled to it" mentality, we will continue to go down this spiraling path of self destruction.

Mar 9, 2014 8:11AM
Something for nothing - the Obamaville way.
Mar 9, 2014 11:49AM

Please... move to these states and enjoy your minimum wage of $15. The rest of us see it as an entry level pay and do everything we can to improve ourselves. Paying for an education and maybe having to go without smart phones, iPads, fancy music systems, tattoo's, piercings, fancy coffee, and designer clothes!

You can bust on evil "corporations" all you want, but your investments, no matter how small, will pay off! So stop whining, start shining!

Mar 9, 2014 12:53PM
minimum wages increases who do they help? The only group I see being helped by this is the Government. The cost of living increase so there is not really any help to the poor. But the Government gets a bump in Federal Taxes, Social Security Taxes ( which is matched by your employer), FICA taxes and sales taxes when the cost of goods increase. So ask yourselves who does a minimum wage really help not the guy making 40K a year when the cost go up but his salary does not.
Mar 9, 2014 12:30PM
I see the political "lurkers" are here today. I thought they only came out at night. Everything is always the other partys fault. Takes the pressure off of them i guess. Its all your fault. Its all your fault. Its all your fault.
Mar 9, 2014 1:45PM
What good does it do to raise the minimum wage when everything else will have to go up because of it, which will effectively give all of us a wage deduction since our dollar will buy much less.  It hasn't been but a couple of weeks since the CBO determined that a minimum wage increase would cost over a million jobs and cost part time workers some hours.  No wonder the illegals can't cross the border fast enough because they seem to be able to thrive on less than the minimum wage.    
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