By Jeanne Mejeur

With the passage of S.B. 2195, Massachusetts became the first state to mandate an $11 minimum wage.

The bill was signed into law on June 26 and provides for a three-step increase in the state’s minimum wage, which is currently $8 an hour and will rise to $9 in January 2015. Starting in January 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $10 an hour and will reach $11 an hour effective January 2017.

Massachusetts joins Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Vermont, West Virginia and D.C. in enacting increases during the 2014 session. A bill has also been passed in Rhode Island and is awaiting action by the governor.

Minimum wage related bills were introduced in 38 states during the 2014 session, with 34 of those states considering increases to their minimum wage. NCSL’s minimum wage database tracks 2014 legislation. As of June 1, 22 states and D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage.

NCSL’s state minimum wage chart shows current state minimums and future enacted increases, as well as those states that index future increases to the cost of living.

Jeanne Mejeur covers labor and employment issues for NCSL.

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