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NewsFlash: July 23, 2008

Federal government trails 23 states on minimum wage

The second part of a multi-stage hike in the federal minimum wage takes effect tomorrow, raising the wage from $5.85 to $6.55 per hour.  But many states are a step ahead of the federal government when it comes to guaranteeing a fair wage.  Today’s Snapshot by EPI policy analyst Mary Gable illustrates which states have a higher-than-federal minimum wage.  Almost 60 percent of the workforce now lives in states that have a minimum wage higher than the federal level.

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