Skip to main content

LI Herald: Minimum wage hits $16

By Juan Lasso
LI Herald, Jan 26, 2024

The minimum hourly wage on Long Island has climbed from $15 to $16 starting this year thanks to a mandate, brokered by lawmakers in Albany and Gov. Kath Hochul in last year’s budget deal. ...

Phil Andrews, President of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, argues the increase, all things considered, signifies good news for employers. He challenged the conventional business wisdom that higher wages would prompt owners to make job cuts and layoffs to absorb higher labor costs. 

“For businesses, when you pay your...

NJ Spotlight News: As NJ hits goal of $15 minimum wage, there’s talk of an even bigger hike

By John Reitmeyer
NJ Spotlight News, Jan 16, 2024

The minimum hourly wage is now over $15 for the first time in New Jersey, thanks to a $1 increase that took effect on Jan. 1, immediately lifting take-home pay for an estimated 350,000 hourly workers. ...

New Jersey was one of 22 states across the nation to see a minimum wage increase take effect on Jan. 1, according to Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national group that tracks and advocates for such increases.

Among the places that have gone well beyond the $15...

Newsday: Long Island businesses worry over absorbing minimum wage increases

By Victor Ocasio
Newsday, Jan 8, 2024

As local businesses adjust to Long Island’s new $16 minimum wage, some employers said they are concerned about the impact increased labor costs are having on their ability to compete in an already high-priced business environment. ...

Some business groups, however, said the increases represent an opportunity to boost consumer spending at small businesses on the Island.

Luis Vazquez, president of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said the increase to $16 is “a positive beginning to bridging the wage disparities that exist, and the higher wage would mean...

Cox Media Group: Millions of workers get pay boost as 22 states raise minimum wages

By Kirstin Garriss, CMG Washington News Bureau
Cox Media Group, January 04, 2024. Ran nationally in multiple Cox TV and radio stations.

Starting this month, millions of workers will get a bump in their paychecks. That’s because more than 20 states are boosting minimum wages. ...

But some entrepreneurs believe higher pay is an investment.

“From my perspective, this is a cost that actually gets you something in terms of recruiting, in terms of retention, in terms of the quality of the work that you put out,” said Aaron Seyedian, owner of Well-Paid Maids. ...

Read more

Nebraska Public Media: Business owners react to Nebraska’s 2024 minimum wage increase

By Brian Beach
Nebraska Public Media, Jan. 2, 2024

On Monday, Nebraska’s minimum wage increased to $12 an hour, making it the 18th highest state minimum wage in the country and one of 25 states increasing its minimum wage this year. In 2022, Nebraska voters passed an initiative raising the minimum wage from $9 an hour up to $15 an hour by 2026, increasing by $1.50 each year. After that, the wage will be adjusted in accordance with cost of living increases.

Dave Titterington has owned the Wild Bird Habitat Store, with locations in Lincoln...

Delaware Business Times: Delaware minimum wage rises to $13.25

By Jacob Owens
Delaware Business Times, January 2, 2024

Delaware continued its march toward an eventual $15 minimum wage with an increase of $1.50 an hour on Monday. ...

The bill spurred a contentious debate ... But others, including business owners, said the increase will help attract workers to Delaware with the promise of higher wages, therefore decreasing turnover and allowing Delaware to remain competitive with surrounding states.

Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, an advocacy group, pushed for the hike and organized some local small business owners to push its message here. They included...

Democrat & Chronicle: NY minimum wage rising to $15 upstate, $16 in NYC in 2024. It'll keep rising

By Chris McKenna
Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, Jan 1, 2024. Also The Press & Sun Bulletin (Binghamton).

About 1 million New Yorkers who stock store shelves and hold other low-wage jobs will get a pay boost in 2024.

New York is raising its minimum wage in January by $1 to $16 an hour for workers in New York City and the neighboring suburbs of Westchester County and Long Island. In the rest of the state, the hourly minimum is rising to $15 from $14.20, an 80-cent hike — and the realization of a $15 statewide...

NJBIZ: NJ minimum wage crosses $15 threshold

By Matthew Fazelpoor
NJBIZ, January 1, 2024

As 2024 rings in, it also marks the crossing of a notable threshold here in the Garden State when the minimum wage increases Jan. 1 to $15.13 per hour. That figure, affecting some 350,000 of New Jersey’s nearly 1.9 million hourly workers, surpasses the $15 per hour goal set into law in 2019 and makes the state one of just a handful to reach that mark. ...

In a press release, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage applauded the 22 states (including New Jersey) that are ringing in...

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota minimum wages rise Jan. 1. Are employers ready?

By Dee DePass
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec 30, 2023

Fresh minimum wage hikes and new sick pay laws will boost the paychecks of some Twin Cities workers starting Monday ... In Minneapolis and St. Paul, the minimum hourly wage will jump to $15.57 an hour for [larger] businesses ... Smaller employers in the two cities don't have to raise their minimum wages until July 1. Minimum wage rates across the state will also jump Jan. 1 to $10.85 an hour for large employers and $8.85 for smaller businesses. ...

Steven Dyme, co-founder and chief executive...

Scripps News: Millions of workers will see a pay increase in 2024

By Casey Mendoza
Scripps News, Dec 28, 2023

At the start of the new year, 22 states and 43 cities and counties are increasing the hourly minimum wage, benefiting nearly 10 million people. And that doesn't only affect workers at major fast food chains or retail outlets; it also includes people who work at small, locally-owned businesses. ...

"I think it gives me a lot benefits in terms of recruiting, in terms of productivity, in terms of turnover," said Aaron Seyedian, owner of Well-Paid Maids.

"The more money our consumers have, the more they'll spend...

KETV 7 (ABC): 2024 means $12 minimum wage in Nebraska

By Alex McLoon
KETV 7 (ABC) Omaha, Dec 28, 2023

Minimum wage in Nebraska is increasing to $12 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2024, after a November 2022 vote. ...The minimum wage will increase to $13.50 per hour in 2025 and $15 per hour in 2026. Minimum wage will increase in 2027 based on the cost-of-living increase ...

"I think the minimum wage is the fastest way to put more spending power in people's hands without having to rely on different programs or wealth distribution," RAYGUN owner Mike Draper said.

The clothing business is based...

WBUR (NPR): Mass. minimum wage will stay at $15 this year. There's a new push to raise it to $20

By Zeninjor Enwemeka
WBUR (NPR), Boston, Dec 27, 2023. Also in El Planeta.

In 2023, Massachusetts ushered in the final increase in a "grand bargain" to lift the minimum hourly wage to $15 — one of the highest in the country. The wage floor will remain the same in 2024, but now there's a push to raise it again to $20.

Advocates say the current minimum wage — which took years to achieve — is already outdated and isn't enough for residents to live on. ... Two bills are pending at the State House that...

Buffalo Rising: Navigating the Impacts of New York State’s Minimum Wage Increase

Buffalo Rising, Dec 27, 2023

Earlier this year, New York State passed a legislation to raise the minimum wage ...

In Buffalo, a number of small business owners have spoken out about the importance of fair wages for their employees.

“As a small business owner, I’m invested in New York and building a business to last. That’s why I welcome New York’s minimum wage increases. Both our stores have incredible followings because our employees know our changing inventory and love to help customers,” said Annie Adams, owner of Second Chic, with two clothing stores in...

WMAR (ABC 2): Maryland to raise minimum wage to $15/hr January 1st

By Jeff Morgan
WMAR (ABC 2) Baltimore, Dec 27, 2023. Also Yahoo News.

... So, why are two local companies excited about the idea of rising wage costs? ...

"I'm a high-wage employer, I think it gives me a lot of benefits in terms of recruiting, in terms of productivity, in terms of turnover. I know a lot of folks look at the pennies on the dollar increase of oh my costs are going up but I look at it as an investment," said Aaron Seyedian, the owner of Well Paid Maids.

"The more money...