For years, EPI has played a key role in the fight to increase the minimum wage by providing critical research on the real value of raising the minimum wage for working families and the economy. Working with the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), a group of state organizations that work to advance progressive economic policy at the state and regional level, EPI has furnished data, reports, and testimony for successful campaigns to raise the minimum wage at the state and local level.
As of January 1 2015, 29 states plus the District of Columbia will have minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25. On January 1, 2015 60 percent of the U.S. workforce will be in jurisdictions with minimum wages above the federal minimum. The increases in these states, along with those in several cities and counties that have also implemented higher local minimum wages, underscore the growing recognition that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 is no longer an adequate wage floor.