State-by-State: Minimum Wage Trends in 2014

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the minimum wage increased over 2013 rates in 13 states—Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. In addition to these 13 states, California’s minimum wage will increase from $8 an hour to $9 an hour on July 1, 2014. In New York, the wage is scheduled to increase again to $8.75 per hour on Dec. 31, 2014. Here is a state-by-state look at how states are approaching the minimum wage right now:

STATE MINIMUM WAGE NEWS

Alabama: Rep. Darrio Melton plans to propose a constitutional amendment in the upcoming session to increase the minimum wage over three years, reaching $9.80 in 2016. Alabama.com

Alaska: A petition for a ballot measure was submitted that would increase the minimum wage to $8.75 in 2015 and to $9.75 a year later. Anchorage Daily News

Arizona: The minimum wage increased from $7.80 to $7.90 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014, because the state’s rate is tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Arkansas: A ballot proposal to raise the minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017 has been submitted. The Arkansas Traveler

California: The minimum wage will increase from $8.00 to $9.00 per hour, effective July 1, 2014 and increase to $10.00 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The increases are due to legislative action taken in 2013.

Colorado: The minimum wage increased from $7.78 to $8.00 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014, because the state’s rate is tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Connecticut: The minimum wage increased from $8.25 to $8.70 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014. In 2013, state legislators voted to raise the minimum wage.

Delaware: A bill to raise the minimum wage by one dollar to $8.25 is headed to the House floor after clearing the House Banking Committee. Newsworks

Florida: The minimum wage increased from $7.79 to $7.93 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014, because the state’s rate is tied to the Consumer Price Index. In addition, Miami Democrats Sen. Dwight Bullard and Rep. Cynthia Stafford have introduced a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10, including servers and restaurant staff that currently earn $4.77 per hour plus tips. Tallahassee.com

Georgia: Two bills have been introduced that would raise the minimum wage – the House bill would raise the wage to $9.80 in increments by 2018 and the Senate bill would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and ties future increases to inflation. Senate Bill, House Bill

Hawaii: Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in his State of the State address that he will propose a bill to raise the minimum wage by $1.50 per hour to take effect in January 2015. The Huffington Post

Idaho: An advocacy group in Idaho are collecting signatures for a petition to put a minimum wage increase on the ballot this year. The ballot measure would increase the minimum wage to $9.80 by 2017 and tie future increases to inflation. As of Jan. 16, the group needed about 50,000 more signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. Idaho Press-Tribune

Illinois: Gov. Pat Quinn has announced his support for raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10.00 per hour. ABC News

Indiana: A bill to increase the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.25 per hour was was ruled out of order by House Speaker Brian Bosma on a procedural technicality. The Speaker’s decision was sustained by a 66-28 party-line vote of the House. The Times of Northwest Indiana

Iowa: A bill has been introduced in the house that would incrementally increase the minimum wage over the next two years to $10.10 by 2016. Little Village Magazine

Kansas: Inactive

Kentucky: A bill has been introduced that would incrementally increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. House Bill

Louisiana: Inactive

Maine: Inactive

Maryland: Gov. Martin O’Malley has pledged his support to a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016 and tie further increases to inflation. SoMd News

Massachusetts: The Senate passed a bill that would increase the minimum wage up to $11.00 per hour by 2016 then tie future increases to inflation. The Boston Globe

Michigan: A bill has been introduced that would raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $10.00 per hour by 2016. WNEM.com

Minnesota: Bills in the House and the Senate would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $7.75 or $9.50 per hour. KARE 11

Mississippi: Inactive

Missouri: House Bill 1098 would raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour by 2015. LakeExpo.com

Montana: The minimum wage increased from $7.80 to $7.90 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014, because the state’s rate is tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Nebraska: A bill has been introduced that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour over the next three years. Omaha.com

Nevada: The minimum wage rate may be increased annually based on the cost of living index. If an annual inflation adjustment is made, the adjustment goes into effect in July.

New Hampshire: A proposed House bill would re-establish the minimum wage at $8.25 per hour in fiscal 2015, increase it to $9.00 in fiscal 2016 and tie future increases to the consumer price index. Valley News

New Jersey:The minimum wage increased from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014. In 2013, voters approved a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage and tie automatic annual increases in the future to the Consumer Price Index.

New Mexico: A constitutional amendment has been proposed that would increase the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 and tie future increases to inflation. Kfoxtv.com

New York: The minimum wage increased from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour, effective Dec. 31, 2013. In 2013, state legislators voted to raise the minimum wage. In addition, legislation has been introduced that would expedite the implementation of the $9.00 per hour increase and tie future increases to inflation. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Press Release

North Carolina: Inactive

North Dakota: A bill introduced last year to create a state minimum wage for North Dakota and tie future increases to inflation was defeated 24-70 in a House vote. Watchtdog.org

Ohio: The minimum wage increased from $7.85 to $7.95 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014, because the state’s rate is tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Oklahoma: Inactive

Oregon: The minimum wage increased from $8.95 to $9.10 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014, because the state’s rate is tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Pennsylvania: A bill filed would increase to $9.00 per hour within 60 days of the bill’s passage, then incrementally up to $11.50 per hour and tie future increases to inflation. The Meadville Tribune

Rhode Island: The minimum wage increased from $7.75 to $8.00 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014. In 2013, state legislators voted to raise the minimum wage.

South Carolina: Legislation has been introduced that would establish a state minimum wage, set the rate at $8.25, tie the rate to the national rate, and allow the South Carolina Department of Employment and workforce to adjust the minimum wage by the annual rate of inflation. If passed by the General assembly, the measure would require a constitutional amendment and would therefore ultimately be decided upon by voters. WTLX.com

South Dakota: An initiated ballot measure would amend state law to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2015, and tie annual increases to the Consumer Price Index. Attorney General's Office

Tennessee: House Democratic leaders have indicated their support for both establishing a state minimum wage and setting the wage above the federal rate $7.25 per hour. The Tennessean

Texas: Inactive

Utah: House Bill 73 would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.25 per hour while a Senate bill opend by Sen. Jim Dabakis would raise the minimum wage to $8.25. Utah Political Capitol, Standard-Examiner

Vermont: The minimum wage increased from $8.60 to $8.73 per hour, effective Jan 1, 2014, because the state’s rate is tied to the Consumer Price Index. In addition, bills introduced in both the House and Senate would raise the wage further: House Bill 552 would raise the minimum wage to $12.50 in 2015 and Senate Bill 301 would raise the minimum wage to $12.00 in 2016. Both bills would also tie future increases to the wage to inflation. Senate Bill, House Bill

Virginia: A bill filed and referred to the House Committee on Commerce and Labor would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour effective July 1, 2014, and to $9.25 per hour effective July 1, 2015. Virginia Legislative Information System

Washington: The minimum wage increased from $9.19 to $9.32 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2014, because the state’s rate is tied to the Consumer Price Index. In addition, under state House Bill 2672, the rate would increase for workers 18 and older to $10.00 per hour in 2015, $11.00 per hour in 2016 and $12.00 per hour in 2017. ABC News

West Virginia: A bill has been introduced to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $7.85 per hour by July of this year and to $8.25 per hour by July 2015. MV Metro News

Wisconsin: A bill has been introduced that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. Fox6now.com

Wyoming: Legislation has been introduced that would increase the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour. K2 Radio