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Multiple States Mull Raising Minimum Wage

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)

Many states are already considering action on the minimum wage in new sessions — by legislation or by ballot initiative. Polls and studies released this week continued to show both the broad and deep popularity and the positive economic effects of raising the wage:

Twenty-three states have either already increased their minimum wage or are considering increases this year. [USA Today]

After New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a wage increase, the issue is set to go to voters in a ballot initiative in November. [Politicker NJ]

A look at how Gov. Christie's veto will hurt New Jersey's economy as it continues to suffer from one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. [Demos]

A new study showed increasing the minimum wage in New York state to $8.75 would create thousands of new jobs. [The Post-Standard]

Support for raising the minimum wage exceeded 70 percent within "every income, age, educational, and regional group" in a new poll of New York state voters. [The Business Review]

For the second year in a row, increasing the minimum wage is back on the legislative agenda in Connecticut. [AP]

In Washington, the state with the highest minimum wage, an effort is afoot to allow employers to pay workers a lower "training wage." [Washington Policy Watch]

 

Read the full Dispatch from February 2, 2013 here.