Arkansas Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hike

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In Missouri, where the minimum is now $7.85 an hour, restaurants and other employers will be required to pay a minimum of $$8.60 as of January 1, $9.45 in 2020, $10.30 in 2021, $11.15 in 2022;and $12 in 2023.

The minimum wage in Louisiana, Texas, and MS is now $7.25 per hour.

"At the state level, with new governors or legislative leadership in states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Maine, and NY, we expect to see new action on working-family issues like the minimum wage, overtime pay, and earned sick days - and on vital democracy reforms", Owens said.

Voters went around the Legislature on Tuesday to pass policies on wages, clean elections and medical marijuana. Residents of Arkansas and Missouri each voted to lift their minimum wage levels, a progressive triumph in states that are typically regarded as conservative. In that case, city leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City had passed ordinances to boost local baseline wages, but Missouri's Republican-led General Assembly issued a preemption law, which meant the cities had to obey the state law when it came to the minimum wage.

In Arkansas, the minimum wage will gradually rise from $8.50 an hour now to $11 in 2021.

In light of the election, 24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of the 20 states that have confirmed increases to their minimum wage in 2019.

Last year, 18 states increased their minimum wage. Currently, 29 states and Washington, D.C., have higher minimum wages than the federal rate, according to EPI. Prop B does not affect HB 1194, and Missouri cities are still prohibited from increasing their local minimum wage above the Missouri rate. Meanwhile, minimum wage employees in Massachusetts, Maine, and at large companies in California will be noticing the largest hike, with an increase of $1.00 an hour.

"There's been more demand, for employees that the market wages have been higher than the minimum wages for a while now", explained Bambinos and B2 Cafe Owner, Andy Faucett. These employees are required by law to make minimum wage after tip.

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