Minimum-wage hike takes effect in Ohio, on the ballot in South Dakota

Ohio’s minimum wage increased at the start of 2014, the result of an automatic inflationary increase that has been part of the state’s Constitution since voters approved the measure in 2006. This built-in cost-of-living increase is the only minimum-wage law of its kind in the 11-state Midwest. A similar proposal will be decided by South Dakota voters in November. It calls for an increase from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 with annual cost-of-living increases. The minimum wage for tipped employees would be half that for non-tipped workers. (Ohio has the same provision).

 

 

As of now, South Dakota is one of seven Midwestern states with a minimum wage equal to the federal requirement — $7.25 an hour. Minnesota is one of four U.S. states with a wage requirement lower than the federal rate. 

Ohio’s minimum wage is now $7.95 per hour, up 10 cents from 2013, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports. Illinois ($8.25 per hour) and Michigan ($7.40 per hour) also have a wage requirement that exceeds the federal government’s. The state of Washington has the nation’s highest minimum wage ($9.32 per hour). Various proposals have been introduced in the Midwest to raise the rate in different states (usually in the range of between $9 and $10 an hour) and to establish automatic inflationary increases. 

 

 
 
 
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