Commentary

The Great Minimum Wage Debate

On July 1, millions of workers across the country got a raise. The states of Oregon and Maryland, as well as a number of cities and counties in Illinois, Arizona, and California raised their minimum wages. Yet these new thresholds are vastly different—ranging from $9.25 in the state of Maryland to $15.25 in Emeryville, California, for workers at large companies. In San Francisco, low wage workers will now make a minimum of $14 an hour; in D.C. the rate rose to $12.50; in San Jose and Los Angeles, to $12; and in Chicago, to $11. These new rates in some of America’s most dynamic economies stand in stark contrast to the federal minimum wage, which has stagnated at $7.25 an hour for the past ten years.

Read the full article at The Atlantic’s CityLab.