How High Will Your State's Minimum Wage Be on January 1, 2017?

By the start of next year, 29 states and Washington, D.C., will have minimum wages higher than the federal level.

Wage inequality remains one of the hottest issues of the 2016 presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee, supports a federal minimum wage of $12 an hour; she has also shown support for local rates of $15 an hour. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has been less clear. During a November GOP primary debate, Trump said, “Wages [are] too high. We're not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it where it is.” In a Meet the Press interview last month, Trump showed support for an “increase of some magnitude,” although he argued that this increase should come from the states rather than federal legislation.

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Meilan Solly
Solly is a intern. She is a junior studying English and anthropology through the Joint Degree Programme between the College of William & Mary and the University of St. Andrews. Solly serves as the deputy editor of The Saint, St. Andrews' student newspaper, and an associate blogs editor of The Flat Hat, William & Mary's student newspaper.