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As New Year dawns, North Carolina workers fall further behind

More than three-million Americans will get a raise tomorrow thanks to common sense new laws in 20 states. Not surprisingly, North Carolinians will not be on the list. This is from a post this morning at Think Progress:

On January 1, 20 states will raise their minimum wages, while one — New York — will increase its wage on Wednesday.

That means that all told, 3.1 million American workers will ring in the New Year with a pay raise.

Eleven states and Washington, DC are increasing their minimum wages thanks to changes in the law either by legislation passed by lawmakers or referenda passed by voters. Nine others will see an automatic increase because their wages are indexed to rise with inflation. Currently, 15 states have automatic increases built into their minimum wages, unlike the federal law.

The January 1 raises range from a 12-cent boost in Florida, whose minimum wage will increase to $8.05, to a $1.25 increase in South Dakota, bringing its wage to $8.50.

The increases in the New Year will mean that in 2015, the majority of states — 29 and Washington, DC — will have minimum wages set above the federal level of $7.25 an hour. They will also mean that 60 percent of all American workers will live in a state with a higher minimum wage.

Another half million workers will get a raise later in 2015, when legislation passed in Delaware and Minnesota to raise their wages goes into effect.

Meanwhile, of course, the minimum wage here in Pope-land remains stuck at a miserly $7.25 with essentially zero prospects of rising anytime soon and the inhabitants of the right-wing think tanks calling for its abolition.

Happy New Year!

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10 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    December 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    A good solution to this is for the people who make the minimum wage to move to one of the states that are higher. That is how the free market supposedly works. Now, this in reality is the opposite of what is happening. As I look at the highlighted states, the ones on the East coast are the ones that are feeding population growth in NC. I guess those people have seen how devastating high taxes and high minimum wages are to an economy and have moved here….hmmm.

  2. david esmay

    December 31, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Funny thing LSD, those states have far lower unemployment rates than NC/Teabagistan. They also aren’t seeing the massive shortfalls in revenue that NC is experiencing, have better public schools,and higher quality of life. NC is experiencing a brain drain as experienced and quality workers leave the state.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    January 1, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Then those states would seem to be a better place to go live right? Hmm…wonder why that is not happening. As you know we are increasing population every year, heck we just passed Michigan to become the ninth largest state. Nope, most people care not a whit about the minimum wage or forecasting problems in the state and see that NC has great schools, a low tax environment and good quality of life. Maymay, your post just follows the liberal strategy of repeating some false talking point in hopes that the masses will believe it. Heck, even the Jim Goodmon’s (the Art Pope of the Left) of the world will disagree with you on that one. http://www.wral.com/nc-now-9th-largest-state-sc-has-growth-spurt/14304228/

  4. Alan

    January 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

    “NC has great schools”? Well, maybe we used to have great schools, but it didn’t take the Talibaggers long to drive NC education to dead last in the nation. I guess that’s what happens when the GOP relentlessly demonize public school teachers.

    It’s a little ironic that the same Civitas funded bloggers talk of “false talking points”, when that’s all they seem to contribute in a rather pathetic effort to challenge just about any article that may appear on this site.

    The economic benefits of a higher minimum wage are well known and agreed upon by just about every credible economist, except of course by the far-right “think tanks” and loons who seem to think poverty is a perfectly acceptable and inevitable condition of the free market.
    “Most people care not a whit about the minimum wage or forecasting problems”? I beg to differ, the same old bait’n’switch tactics of GOP economics is precisely why we have a very significant budget shortfall, the voodoo economics of lower taxes = greater tax revenues simply baffles me. When the failed trickle-down policies come home to roost, we all have to pay for it.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    January 1, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Not sure what state you are in, but NC has overall great schools. My kids have been in a couple of different systems and they have been good.
    Who cares about the minimum wage? Heck, I am currently unemployed and with no retail experience got a part time job at 60% more than the minimum wage. The only people making minimum wage are those who have never had a job, have little to no skills, are potentially unreliable, and the employer does not want to invest in them. If you have any skills, you are getting a job above minimum so it is irrelevant unless you are sixteen.

    And let me know when you find a typical NC resident that cares a whit about the state economist missing tax receipt forecasts. And while you are at it, reconcile that to the mass influx of people to the state rather than attempting your own bait and switch Alan. Maybe you can discuss it with Fitzy and Scowlfield in your cube there at the NC justice center.

  6. david esmay

    January 1, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Even with skills LSD, NC is not a productive place to live and work, it’s always been below the national average when it comes to wages. And by the by, there are only two types of republicans, millionaires and suckers. Since you’re unemployed we all know which category you fall into.

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    January 2, 2015 at 8:29 am

    That does not explain why so many are moving here to take part in your so called unproductive place. As with so many things the progressive talking points are directly opposed to the reality people are experiencing, and even if you repeat the talking point constantly it still does not come true

  8. Alan

    January 2, 2015 at 10:36 am

    LSD, the expert in repitition. What alternate reality are you living in?

  9. LayintheSmakDown

    January 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Alan, the expert at trolling. Definitely a true reality vs. the trololo land you live in.

  10. ML

    January 2, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    That’s funny lsd has no idea what a troll is haha

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