Florida’s minimum wage increased .14 cents at the start of the new year today to $7.93 and to $4.91 for tipped workers. 12 other states also increased their minimum wage, with New Jersey leading the increase at $1 dollar per hour more.
The federal minimum wage has languished in Congress for years, prompting many states to raise their minimum wage, either by legislative action or by ballot initiative like Florida voters approved in 2004, which now required an annual cost of living adjustment.
The other states to raise their minimum wages were Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
There has been a push for years to get the federal minimum wage increased, with supporters saying people need a living wage and opponents saying it will force businesses to lay off people and reduce any possible hiring of new employees and hurt the overall economy.