Montana, Oregon, Washington, 10 More States Will Raise Minimum Wage This Wednesday


While activists fight an uphill battle to secure more than 53,751 signatures by April 15 in order to put an initiative before Idaho voters on raising the Gem State's minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, 13 other states are set to bump up their minimum wages this Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The wage floor will rise in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

An ABC/Washington Post poll published last week found that two-thirds of Americans think the minimum wage should go up. More than one-third of respondents said an increase to $9 per hour is reasonable.

Washington currently has the highest state minimum wage of $9.19 an hour. That state's wage floor will be raised to $9.32 per hour. Oregon's will bump up to $9.10 per hour and Montana will increase to $7.90 per hour.