BFMW In the News

WAER/NPR (NY): Minimum Wage Increase

By John Smith
WAER/NPR (Syracuse U, NY), Jan 3, 2020

New York's minimum wage increased across the state this week to $11.80 an hour – outside of New York City - and one Ithaca business owner says she’s ok with it.  Jan Rhodes Norman owns Ithaca Made and Silk Oak clothing and has already been paying two full-time employees higher than the state’s minimum wage for years now. They earn $15.37 an hour. ...

WBUR: New Year, New Minimum Wage: Some Mass. Businesses Welcome The Increase

By Callum Borchers
WBUR, Jan 1, 2020

Massachusetts keeps chugging toward a $15 minimum wage. Next stop: $12.75. ...

"We do it because it's the right thing to do," said Rob Everts, co-CEO of Equal Exchange in West Bridgewater. "It's also in our own, enlightened self interest. Paying a good, strong wage cultivates loyalty. Turnover here is low, and that helps us at many levels."

WBZ TV/CBS: Massachusetts Business Owners Have Mixed Reactions As Minimum Wage Jumps 75 Cents

By Mike LaCrosse
WBZ TV/CBS, Jan 1, 2020

BOSTON (CBS) — The state’s minimum wage increased on New Year’s Day. It jumped from $12 per hour to $12.75. By 2023 it will be up to $15 per hour.

“Restaurants are, you know, one of the biggest employers in the country, but they’re also the biggest employers at the minimum wage level,” said restaurant owner Josh Lewin.

Lewin is co-founder of Juliet in Somerville where every employee starts out at $15 an hour. He’s a strong supporter of the minimum wage increase. ...

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: $10 minimum wage in state to start Wednesday

By Hunter Field
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, December 31, 2019 

Arkansans earning the state's minimum wage will receive a $1,560 raise in 2020 as the state's bottom wage increases to $10 an hour under an initiated act passed in 2018. Under the voter-approved initiative, Arkansas businesses must pay employees no less than $10 an hour starting Wednesday -- a 75-cent increase from the current $9.25 per hour minimum wage. ... The 2020 wage increase is the second step of a three-year phase-in that will ultimately raise the Arkansas minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2021. ...

US News & World Report: States Raise Minimum Wage, Legalize Pot, Expand Paid Parental Leave in 2020

... The minimum wage – stuck at $7.25/hour at the federal level since 2009 – will rise in 22 states, including Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington. ... Expect more movement on pay in the coming months as states strive to help the lowest-paid workers better afford the soaring cost of housing, healthcare, and child care. Three additional states – Connecticut, Nevada and Oregon – and Washington, D.C., will boost theirs later in 2020, and a national effort is underway led by groups such as Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and the National Employment Law Project to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour by the middle of the new decade.

Asbury Park Press: NJ minimum wage to increase again Jan. 1

By Michael L. Diamond
Asbury Park Press, Dec. 30, 2019

New Jersey's minimum wage for most businesses will rise to $11 an hour from $10  beginning Jan. 1 — Wednesday, the next step on its climb to $15 in 2024. ... The minimum wage hike started July 1 in a bid by Gov. Phil Murphy to jump-start the wages of low-paid workers in a state that has a high cost of living. One recent report found nearly 40% of New Jerseyans couldn't afford basic needs. ...

Springfield Republican: Businesses cautious, advocates pleased as Massachusetts minimum wage set to increase to $12.75 on Jan. 1, 2020

By Shira Schoenberg
Springfield Republican / MassLive, Dec 28, 2019

The Massachusetts minimum wage will increase from $12 to $12.75 an hour on Jan. 1, a step toward raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimates that 420,600 workers will get a raise under the new law, many of them working in food service and retail. ...

But some business owners say they want to pay their workers a living wage.

KQTV: MO Minimum Wage to Rise in the New Year

By Ron Johnson
KQTV2 (ABC), Dec 27, 2019

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) ...In 2020, Missouri’s minimum wage will rise from $8.60/hr to $ 9.45/hr. In downtown St. Joseph, many shared their opinion on the changes, they said the rise is a step in the right direction to balancing wages with the rising cost of living. ...

Those who own small businesses downtown also expressed support for the wage increase.

"We’re strong supporters of treating our employees fairly," Andrew Montee, owner Mokaska Coffee Co. said. "People who work hard should be paid fairly and accordingly,"

Bake Magazine: 21 states prepare for minimum wage increases

By John Unrein
Bake Magazine, Dec 26, 2019

Twenty-one states are kicking off the new year by raising their minimum wage, and certain business owners are speaking out in support. These business leaders say the increases taking effect on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 will boost consumer spending, reduce costly employee turnover, increase productivity and customer satisfaction, and strengthen local economies. ...