Where the minimum wage is rising the most in ’24

California voters will consider a ballot measure next year that would hike pay even more.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the fast food bill surrounded by fast food workers at the SEIU Local 721 in Los Angeles, on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023. Anneisha Williams, right, who works at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Southern California celebrates as she holds up the bill. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Half the states will raise their minimum wages next year, including seven that will have wage floors of at least $15 an hour — double the federal minimum.

State wage floors have diverged along partisan lines, as voters in states that allow citizen initiatives and Democratic lawmakers in blue states have backed minimum wage increases, and Republican lawmakers in red states have stuck with a federal minimum that hasn’t budged since 2009. That includes 20 mostly southern states.

Stay informed
Subscribe to keep reading.

Sign up today to get the latest state new at your fingertips and in your inbox.