Five million workers will get a raise on January 1 when new minimum wage requirements take effect in 20 states and almost two dozen cities around the U.S.
"Working people are struggling to pay their bills, but they see that it's the corporations and the wealthy CEOs who are getting the tax breaks", Owens said.
Both supporters and opponents of higher minimum wages have pointed to the Seattle studies. Of course, a higher minimum wage that gives workers the same income as before but with fewer hours is still a benefit, allowing them to save on things like child care and take-out meals, and providing better work-life balance in general.
OH is one of 18 states adjusting wages in 2019.
The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour hasn't gone up in a decade.
But Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri, disagrees, arguing a minimum wage increase doesn't "make money magically appear".
For the rest of the state, the minimum hourly rate will go from $10.40 an hour to $11.10.
In Arkansas and Missouri, voters this fall approved ballot initiatives raising the minimum wage after state legislators did not. But she has mixed emotions about it.
Up until a few decades ago, many economists anxious that raising the minimum wage would lead to employers hiring fewer workers. This will complete the three-year phase-in of the $15 minimum wage, which was agreed to by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers in 2016.
"The federal minimum wage has really become irrelevant", said Michael Saltsman, managing director of the Employment Policies Institute, a Washington, D.C. -based group that receives funding from businesses and opposes minimum wage increases. That's because 19 states and 24 municipalities across the country are increasing the minimum wage starting tomorrow and one state, New York, increases them starting today. But the total of their salary and tips must at least equal the federal minimum wage. Businesses may place a higher value on experienced workers, making it more challenging for entry-level employees to find jobs. Since then, 29 states, the District of Columbia and dozens of other cities and counties have set minimum wages above the federal floor.