Minimum Wages Set to Rise in 2019 in these 20 States, “Fight for $15” Battle Continues, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow Opposed



There is a measure of joy among tens of thousands of workers in 20 states about the coming rise in minimum wage that will occur in 2019.   But wages have been rising naturally at the national level at the highest pace in years.  How much a worker makes can, as manufactured home retail and community professionals know, make a difference if a prospective customer qualifies for a purchase or residency – or not.


So, the issue matters to industry professionals, businesses, and to consumers alike.


Below is a list of the wage hikes courtesy of right-of-center Fox Business and data compiled by the Employment Policies Institute.

Graphic by CFED, text credit by MHProNews.

It is worth noting this video interview which was cut just days before the midterms, which concludes with National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow’s view for calls for a national minimum wage.  What makes this interesting as a retrospective is that certain predictions that Kudlow made pre-election about the impact of a flip of the House of Representatives to Democratic control are arguably coming to pass.  Kudlow was confident that the GOP would retain the Senate, but was not predicting that for the House.  Kudlow spent years with left-of-center CNBC, and served during the Reagan Administration as a young economist.



Wages Set to Rise

Workers in 20 states will see minimum wages rise between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Additionally, 23 localities will be raising rates, according to a list compiled by the conservative-leaning Employment Policies Institute,” said Fox Business this week.

Eighteen states raised minimum wages in January 2018, while two additional states will do so in July.

It’s worth noting that these variations in the minimum wage make the point that Kudlow did in his video interview, posted above.  Namely, that if you want to have a minimum wage policy, it should be done at the state/local level, because no two states are alike.  Kudlow explains that in his crisp style.



The statewide minimum wage in California will rise to $12, from $11.

But  “a slew of municipalities in the state are also raising their local minimum wages. In Mountain View, California – home to Google’s headquarters – as well as Sunnyvale, the rates will increase to $15.65. In Los Altos, Cupertino, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Jose, San Mateo and Santa Clara, the minimum wage will be hiked to $15 per hour,” said Fox Business, adding that “The cities of Oakland, Redwood City and Belmont will also be raising wages.”


New York

In New York state, the minimum wage will rise to $11.10, from $10.40.


  • For quick service employees, the statewide rate will be higher, at $12.75.
  • In New York City, the starting rate for employees will be increased to $15 per hour, from the current $13.
  • Long Island and Westchester will also hike wages to $12.


The state of Washington raised worker pay to $12, a $0.50 increase. However, some cities are raising their minimum wages much higher.

In Seattle, minimum hourly wages will rise to $16. In SeaTac, pay will increase to $16.09. Tacoma will see a hike to $12.35.



Other states:

Alaska: $9.89, from $9.84
Arizona: $11.00, from $10.50
Arkansas: $9.25, from $8.50
Colorado: $11.10, from $10.20
Delaware: $8.75, from $8.25
Florida: $8.46, from $8.25
Maine: $11.00, from $10
Massachusetts: $12.00, from $11
Michigan: $9.45, from $9.25
Minnesota: $9.86, from $9.65
Montana: $8.50, from $8.30
New Jersey: $8.85, from $8.60
Ohio: $8.55, from $8.30
Rhode Island: $10.50, from $10.10
South Dakota: $9.10, from $8.85
Vermont: $10.78, from $10.50

Albuquerque, New Mexico, will raise its minimum wage to $9.20.

Las Cruces will increase it to $10.10. Here’s a short video on how their local media reported it.


Flagstaff, Arizona, will see a $1 bump to $12 per hour.

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