California leads the way among states that are increasing wages for workers

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California leads the way among states that are increasing wages for workers
California leads the way among states that are increasing wages for workers

California and Massachusetts raised their minimum wage to $10 an hour in January. But the Golden State's threshold could jump to as much as $15. 

Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom is leading the charge, backed by Service Employers International Union.

“Who can live on $21,000 year today? Nobody can,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

As inaction continued in Congress, more than a dozen states raised their minimum hourly wage this year. Four states — Alaska, California, Massachusetts and Nebraska — approved a $1 uptick. Conversely, South Dakota's minimum went up by only a nickel.

Here's a breakdown:

• Alaska's hourly minimum wage increased from $8.75 to $9.75.

• Arkansas hiked its minimum wage from $7.50 to $8 per hour, with an increase to $8.50 slated for Jan. 1, 2017.

• California's hourly minimum wage went from $9 to $10.

• Colorado's minimum wage increased from $8.23 to $8.31 per hour.

• Connecticut boosted its hourly minimum wage from $9.15 to $9.60, with an increase to $10.10 planned for Jan. 1, 2017.

• Hawaii's minimum wage went from $7.75 to $8.50 an hour, with an increase to $9.25 scheduled for Jan. 1, 2017, and an increase to $10.10 set for Jan. 1, 2018.

• Massachusetts raised its hourly minimum wage from $9 to $10 and is slated to increase it to $11 on Jan. 1, 2017.

• Michigan's minimum wage jumped from $8.15 to $8.50 per hour, with an increase to $8.90 scheduled for Jan. 1, 2017, and an increase to $9.25 set for Jan. 1, 2018.

• Nebraska hiked its hourly minimum wage from $8 to $9.

• New York's minimum wage increased from $8.75 to $9 per hour.

• Rhode Island boosted its hourly minimum wage from $9 to $9.60.

• South Dakota's minimum wage increased from $8.50 to $8.55 per hour.

• Vermont's hourly minimum wage went from $9.15 to $9.60, with a planned increase to $10 on Jan. 1, 2017, and an increase to $10.50 planned for Jan. 1, 2018.

• West Virginia raised its minimum wage from $8 to $8.75.

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