Ballot measures to increase the minimum wage in Maine, Colorado, Arizona and Washington passed this week and the Arizona and Washington measures included paid sick days. EPI estimates that this will raise wages for more than 2 million workers.
A new Economic Snapshot shows that, despite state minimum wage wins, 40 percent of the U.S. workforce is still subject to minimum wages that are woefully inadequate, and the gap between those in low-minimum-wage states and higher-minimum-wage states will only grow unless the federal minimum wage is raised.
The Century Foundation and EPI will host a discussion on November 17th on how the next administration could implement comprehensive tax reform and forward thinking fiscal policies. Speakers include Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and EPI’s Josh Bivens. Join us November 17th or watch the livestream.