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Minimum-wage workers in NY will get to ring in the new year with a raise.

OH voters approved the annual adjustments in a 2006 constitutional amendment.

New wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and almost two dozen cities around the start of the new year, affecting millions of workers around the U.S. That's because 19 states and 24 municipalities across the country are increasing the minimum wage starting tomorrow and one state, New York, increases them starting today. This is well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

The hourly minimum wage for tipped employees will be $4.55 per hour effective January 1, 2019, half the minimum wage for non-tipped employees.

"Working people are struggling to pay their bills, but they see that it's the corporations and the wealthy CEOs who are getting the tax breaks", Owens said.

However, the idea is annual increases will happen for the rest of the state until the rate reaches $15 an hour for minimum wage and $10 for tipped wage. "Those with children and in expensive states need even more". Missouri's minimum wage is rising.

In another six states - Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri and Washington - voters took matters into their own hands, approving measures at the ballot box to raise the minimum wage, according to the nonprofit.

In May, researchers at the University of Washington determined that Seattle's initial increase to $11 an hour had an insignificant effect on employment, but that the hike to $13 an hour resulted in "a large drop in employment".

Since the federal minimum wage was last raised in 2009, it has lost about 9.6 percent of its purchasing power to inflation, according to a 2017 report by the Pew Research Center. That gain generally went to those who already had been working more hours while those who had been working less saw no significant change in their overall earnings. Some have repeatedly raised their rates.

"It may not have motivated every lawmaker to agree that we should go to $15", David Cooper, senior economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute, told the Associated Press. Workers in Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, have been fighting the state in court since 2016 over whether the city has the right to raise its wages.


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