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NJ Spotlight News: Minimum wage up by $1 an hour in NJ, bringing it to $12 for most low-income workers

By John Reitmeyer
NJ Spotlight News, Dec 31, 2020

The hourly minimum wage in New Jersey goes up by $1 for most low-income workers starting Friday, bringing it to $12. The mandatory pay increase is the latest installment in the state’s ongoing ramp-up to a $15 hourly minimum wage and comes during the economic downturn triggered by an international pandemic that has hit low-income workers particularly hard. ...

CBS: Low-wage workers in 20 states will see a pay raise on New Year's Day

By Aimee Picchi
CBS News MoneyWatch, Dec. 30, 2020

Workers in 20 states will get a pay hike on January 1 when the minimum wage increases, thanks to cost-of-living adjustments and other scheduled increases. Later in the year, another four states and Washington, D.C. will raise their baseline pay, which means that low-wage workers in almost half the nation could see higher pay next year. ...

South Florida Business Journal: Florida is one of 20 states raising its minimum wage Jan. 1

By Ashley Portero
South Florida Business Journal, Dec 30, 2020

Florida is one of 20 states that will kick off the new year by raising its minimum wage. The Sunshine State's minimum wage rises to $8.65 an hour Jan. 1, up from the current rate of $8.56. In September, the minimum wage will increase again to $10 an hour as a result of a constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in November.

Business owners who support a higher minimum wage argue it will strengthen local workforces and boost consumer spending for the benefit of both workers and businesses.

Greek Reporter: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks: Managing a Green Giant During the Pandemic

By Tasos Kokkinidis
Greek Reporter, Dec 10, 2020

Greek-American Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, President and CEO of ECOS®, is not just a successful business leader but also an influential and dedicated environmentalist.

In an in-depth interview with Greek Reporter, she explains how her company, which makes the environmentally friendly ECOS Laundry Detergent and other household cleaners, adapted to the coronavirus pandemic by prioritizing the health of its employees and scaling its operations to meet the global need for cleaning products.

Naples Daily News: Florida's Amendment 2

By Laura Layden
Naples Daily News, Nov 19, 2020

... The first wage increase tied to Amendment 2 will come on Sept. 30, 2021, when the minimum pay in Florida will hit $10.00 an hour ...

Some area businesses welcome the minimum wage hike, saying it's long overdue and won't have the dire consequences portrayed by the opposition. ...

CNBC Grow: Joe Biden aims to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour: Here’s where things stand now in each state

By Shawn M. Carter
CNBC Grow, Nov 12 2020

The federal minimum wage in the United States has been $7.25 since 2009, and the momentum to increase it has been growing among lawmakers. In 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Raise the Minimum Wage Act, which aims to gradually lift minimum hourly wages from $7.25 to $15 by 2025.

That initiative is popular with Democrats and increasingly so with Republicans as well. When President-elect Joe Biden, who supports the idea, takes office in January, he could have a chance to make it law. ...

The Florida Channel: Capitol Update

The Florida Channel, Capitol Update, Nov 6, 2020

... Voters approved four of the six proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot, including one that will gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. ...

Destiney Burt reporting on minimum wage includes on site interview with Fadi Dib, Owner of Cali's Beauty Supply in Tallahassee. Also John Morgan.

Minimum Wage segment starts at 12:55:

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Tampa Bay Business Journal: Business owners in Tampa Bay have mixed reactions to minimum wage increase in Florida

By Luke Torrance
Tampa Bay Business Journal, Nov 5, 2020

While the country awaits the outcome of the presidential election, Florida business owners are already starting to prepare for an increased minimum wage, which was approved by the state’s voters on Tuesday. ...

Several Tampa Bay small businesses said they thought the wage increase would lead to more spending money that would be invested back into the community.