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KSHB-TV: Minimum wage increase officially instated across Missouri

By Tom Dempsey
KSHB-TV, Kansas City’s 41 Action News, Jan 02, 2019

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A minimum wage increase went into effect across all of Missouri on Tuesday, months after voters in the state approved a measure with more 60 percent support. The change increases minimum wage 75 cents from $7.85 to $8.60 an hour.

At Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads, owner Julie Thompson said the new rate [the brewery raised entry pay earlier] was already helping with hiring at the location.

KATV ABC 7: Minimum wage rules go into effect, Arkansas workers get 75 cent raise in 2019

KATV ABC 7, Jan 2, 2019

LITTLE ROCK (TALK BUSINESS AND POLITICS) -- As the new year gets underway, many Arkansans will be among the millions of workers across the U.S. getting a wage hike ...

In Arkansas, voters overwhelmingly supported Issue 5 during the Nov. 6 election, approving a 75 cent per hour wage hike from last year’s $8.50 an hour for many workers across the state. Under the initiated act that was supported by the Business for a Fair Minimum Wage coalition and other progressive groups across the state, that standard will then rise to $10 in 2020 and $11 in 2021.

Talk Business & Politics: Minimum wage rules go into effect today, Arkansas workers get 75 cent raise in 2019

By Wesley Brown
Talk Business & Politics, Jan 1, 2018

As the new year gets underway, many Arkansans will be among the millions of workers across the U.S. getting a wage hike ...

In Arkansas, voters overwhelmingly supported Issue 5 during the Nov. 6 election, approving a 75 cent per hour wage hike from last year’s $8.50 an hour for many workers across the state. Under the initiated act that was supported by the Business for a Fair Minimum Wage coalition and other progressive groups across the state, that standard will then rise to $10 in 2020 and $11 in 2021.

Salem News/North of Boston Media Group: Minimum wage hikes begin: 20 percent of state's workers will benefit

By Christian M. Wade, Statehouse Reporter
Salem News/North of Boston Media Group, Dec 31, 2018. Also in Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times, more

Wages will be rising for hundreds of thousands of low-skilled workers in Massachusetts in the New Year, with the first of five annual increases bumping up the state's minimum wage to $12 per hour beginning Tuesday. ... This year's increase is the first of several annual hikes that will bring the state's wage floor up to $15 per hour by 2023. ...

Still, some business groups say hiking the minimum wage is not only the right thing to do, it also makes economic sense.

"It leads to more spending at every level, from purchases of food and school supplies, to rent and car repairs, to the occasional meal out with the family," said Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national advocacy group. "Minimum wage increases also pay off for businesses in lower employee turnover, reduced hiring and training costs, lower error rates, increased productivity and better customer service.” ...

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri business owners still divided over minimum wage hike, which takes effect Jan. 1

By Shahla Farzan
St. Louis Public Radio, Dec 30, 2018

The new year means an increase to Missouri's minimum wage ... Starting Jan. 1, the minimum wage will increase from $7.85 an hour to $8.60. The raise comes after voters approved Proposition B in November, which calls for boosting the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. ...

St. Louis business owner Joe Edwards, who supports the higher wage, said it’s important to him to treat workers with “respect and consideration.”

Athol Daily News: Mass. minimum wage to rise to $12 on Jan 1st

Athol Daily News, Dec 28, 2018

BOSTON – On January 1, 2019, 662,000 low-wage workers in Massachusetts will get a raise when the state’s minimum wage rises from $11 to $12 an hour, the first of five annual increases laid out in legislation passed this spring that will bring the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2023. Also on January 1, the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers will rise from $3.75 to $4.35 an hour. ...

Joplin Globe: Minimum wage to go up in Missouri next week

By Jordan Larimore
Joplin Globe, Dec 27, 2018

As of next Tuesday, Missouri is set to become one of the more than one-third of states to have raised the minimum wage in the past calendar year. Voters in Missouri and Arkansas approved increases in the states' minimum wages in November, and as many as 18 others have passed either ballot initiatives or bills to do the same.

WHDH TV 7NEWS: More than 650,000 workers in Massachusetts to benefit from minimum wage hike

WHDH-TV 7 News, Dec. 26, 2018

BOSTON (WHDH) - The lowest-paid workers in Massachusetts have something to look forward to in 2019: a higher minimum wage. Come Jan. 1, more than 650,000 workers across the Bay State will make at least $12 per hour. Wages will jump to $15 per hour by 2023. ...

Jackson Renshaw, the owner of Dorchester’s Fresh Food Generation, says his company has benefitted from starting employees out at $12 per hour.

Boston Globe: Some employers are raising the minimum wage to $15 — four years early

By Katie Johnston
Boston Globe, Dec 26, 2018

At Salon Herdis in Northampton, the employees are getting a special New Year’s bonus: a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour, up from $11. ...

Massachusetts is one of 20 states raising its minimum wage Jan. 1. At $12, it will be the highest in the nation, along with California’s and Washington state’s. In Massachusetts, the minimum will go up gradually every year until it hits $15 in 2023. Meantime, the federal minimum, still in place in 21 states, remains at $7.25.

State House News Service: Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Tuesday, Jan. 1

By Katie Lannan
State House News Service, Dec 26, 2018

Fifteen percent of working parents in Massachusetts and 19 percent of children in the state will be affected by the $1 minimum wage increase that takes effect next week, according to a new analysis. The Jan. 1, 2019 hike from $11 hourly to $12, part of a multi-year phased-in increase to $15 an hour, will benefit 662,000 workers, for a total wage increase of $817.5 million, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. ...

Worcester Business Journal: 662,000 Mass. workers to receive pay bump next week

By State House News Service
Worcester Business Journal, Dec 26, 2018

Fifteen percent of working parents in Massachusetts and 19 percent of children in the state will be affected by the $1 minimum wage increase that takes effect next week, according to a new analysis. The Jan. 1, 2019 hike from $11 hourly to $12, part of a multi-year phased-in increase to $15 an hour, will benefit 662,000 workers, for a total wage increase of $817.5 million, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. ...

Springfield Republican: Minimum wage will rise to $12 an hour in Massachusetts on Jan. 1

By Shira Schoenberg
Springfield Republican/ MassLive.com, Dec. 24, 2018

The minimum wage in Massachusetts will increase to $12 an hour on Jan. 1. ... Gov. Charlie Baker in June signed the so-called “grand bargain,” a bill prompted by several proposed ballot questions that will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, phase out Sunday premium pay, establish a paid family and medical leave program and implement a permanent sales tax holiday one weekend a year. ...

Daily Record: Phil Murphy talks business, $15 minimum wage in Parsippany

By William Westhoven
Daily Record (NJ), Dec. 12, 2018

As the Legislature debates a proposal to slowly raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour, Gov. Phil Murphy toured a local business that says starting employees at $17 per hour is a big part of their 30-year history of success.

"If people are going to show up, and be productive, and be committed and really deliver the highest-quality products, you need to make sure to pay a living wage," said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, CEO of Earth Friendly Products.

ROI-NJ: Earth Friendly Products’ CEO makes case for $15 wage

ROI-NJ, Dec 12, 2018

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks doesn’t need to be convinced about the benefits of a $15 minimum wage for one simple reason: She pays more.

And she said she sees the benefits.

Vlahakis-Hanks, the CEO and president of Earth Friendly Products, a manufacturer that makes more than 200 green cleaning products at its Parsippany plant, said the company’s investment in its employees has been fundamental to its success for more than three decades.