If you want to look at the condition of America, just take a look at its minimum wage laws.
19 states are scheduled to raise their minimum wage on January 1st. A 20th one, New York, will raise its wage tomorrow.
Eight of the states will increase their wages by 15 cents or less. One state, Minnesota, is only raising the wage six cents, or eight cents for employees of large companies. To put it in perspective, six cents an hour equals $2.40 for a full-time 40 hour work week. That’s not enough to pay for a Netflix subscription. Not that the workers will have time to watch television since they will be working so many hours to survive.
Florida, which would be the 17th richest nation in the world if it were a country, is providing an insulting nine cent raise. One has to wonder what the point is of these raises.
Only five states will provide an increase of $1 or more: Arkansas ($1), California ($1), Illinois ($1), New Jersey ($1) and, at the top, incredibly, New Mexico ($1.50).
As the rich get obscenely richer during the pandemic, it is shocking to watch the working class – many of whom are essential workers – get crumbs.
But at least these states are doing something. The federal government, on the other hand, has not raised the national minimum wage since 2009 – not even for inflation. And 30 states are not raising the minimum wage at all.
Here is the full list of states that will be raising the wage, courtesy of CNN: