After years of lobbying by labor groups, several states and cities in the US have raised the minimum wage. Labor groups like the Fight for $15, began fighting for increased wages in 2012 and received much criticism. Spiraling housing costs and widening income inequality are now putting pressure on lawmakers to pass the higher minimum wages.
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The United States’ highest minimum wages are realized in Washington and California cities and counties. People employed in Seattle are earning one of the highest baseline pay in the country, with the minimum wage increasing to $16.39 per hour. Sunnyvale and Mountain View, California, have a baseline pay of $16.05, increasing from $15.64.
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