In just two days, there will be a minimum wage increase for 13 states, but none include Illinois.
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, and some states minimum wage will increase starting in 2014.
Illinois' current minimum wage is $8.25 hourly for workers ages 18 and over. Workers who don't receive tips must be legally paid $7.75 for the first 90 days. Holiday pay for employees is only possible for workers who have earned over 40 hours, but employers must honor time-and-one-half-pay or double-time pay if that was their policy beforehand.
Minimum wage rates will increase in Ariz. ($7.90), Colo. ($8), Conn. ($8.70), Fla. ($7.93), Mo. ($7.50), Mont. ($7.90), N.J. ($8.25), N.Y. ($8), Ohio ($7.95), Ore. ($9.10), R.I. ($8), Vt. ($8.73), and Wash ($9.32).
Senate Democrats have proposed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. And according to a recent Washington Post poll, most Americans agree with the pay hike.
According to the poll, 64 percent of Americans believe the government does more to favor the wealthy so it is no surprise that the results to increase minimum wage are 66 percent. As for opinion on rates, 13 percent said $7.25 or less; 34 percent said $7.26 to $9; 25 percent said $9.01 to $10; 18 percent said over $10; and the last 10 percent either chose "no opinion" or "no minimum wage."