Workers in this State to Get an Insulting 4 Cent Minimum Wage Raise on New Year’s Day

By Sahid Fawaz

A raise should always be a good thing, right? What about when it is not even a nickel? Workers in Alaska will wake up to that reality tomorrow.

KTUU reports:

“The minimum wage in Alaska is set to increase effective the first day of 2018. The amount by which it will increase, however, isn’t a large jump but rather a small incremental rise, designed only to offset the cost of inflation.

According to the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development, on Jan. 1 next year, the state minimum wage will go from $9.80 to $9.84, a raise of just 4 cents.

In 2017, the state minimum raised 5 cents, from $9.75 to $9.80.

In 2015 and 2016, however, the wage raised 1 dollar per year, due to a ballot initiative passed by voters. Whether further increases such as this are made, depends on lawmakers and, eventually, the voting public.

The research chief with the department came to the 4 cent figure by using the Consumer Price Index for urban consumers in the Anchorage area.”

 

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