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By Jeanne Mejeur

Minimum wage is a hot issue in the 2014 legislative session, with 38 states and D.C. considering bills. To help track the action, NCSL is launching a new database on minimum wage legislation.

The database includes topics to track specific issues, like minimum wage increases. Thirty-four states and D.C. are considering increases to their minimum wage, as of March 24. Currently 21 states and D.C. have minimum wages that are higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

So far this session, Delaware passed a bill that was signed into law on Jan. 30 increasing the state minimum wage to $7.75 effective June 1, 2014 and to $8.25 effective June 1, 2015. The District of Columbia has also passed a bill this session to increase the District’s minimum wage and the measure was approved by Congress.

Other topics in the database include:

  • Indexing future increases to the cost of living
  • Raises for tipped workers
  • Proposed state constitutional amendments
  • Increases to training wages
  • Preempting or allowing local minimum wages

NCSL has a table of current state minimum wages and it will be updated throughout the year.

Jeanne Mejeur tracks employment and wage issues for NCSL. She is a program principal with NCSL's Legislative Management Program.

 

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