Minimum wage will be going up in 13 states. That change will take effect on January 1. Those 13 states include Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. According to a December 30 report by KFOR Channel 4 News in Oklahoma City, Washington minimum wage employees will make $9.32 per hour.
The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25. At this time, only 19 states have a minimum wage above that amount. Starting on January 1, that will increase to 21 states.
Some experts believe that the recent walkouts by fast food workers may have impacted the raise in minimum wage. Thousands of fast food workers posed a walkout, demanding that they be paid more per hour.
“I don't see how folks flipping burgers think they deserve more than minimum wage,” Kenneth White, from Oklahoma City, said. “I'm all for folks making more money, but that money has to be earned. Flipping burgers isn't a job that earns that much money per hour.”
Workers in Missouri will be earning $7.50 per hour once the change takes effect. Washington minimum wage employees will be earning the most under this latest increase. They will be making $9.32 per hour.