November 8th, 2006

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Among the results

I found an interesting and surprising thing among the results of last night's election: six states passed increases to the minimum wage. This is typically an issue that small businesses oppose and anti-immigration groups hate as well. Even in Arizona where they passed some weird "English as official language" measure, the minimum wage was increased. In addition, all of these measures instituted annual cost-of-living increases, something the Federal minimum fails to do.

New minimum wages in states with ballot measures on the issue (Federal minimum is $5.15/hour):
Arizona: $6.75
Colorado: $6.85
Missouri: $6.50
Montana: $6.15
Nevada: $6.15 (if employer does not provide health benefits)
Ohio: $6.85