Many US States To Increase the Minimum Wage Pay for Employees
by Sanders Jett-Folk
As we enter 2018, many states are seeing increases to their minimum wages, raising the pay of hundreds of thousands of workers in the US. 
As it has been since 2009, the federal minimum wage will remain at $7.25 per hour.  However, 18 states are immediately increasing their own minimum wages for 2018.
Ten of these states are raising their minimum wages as a result of ballot measures passed in the 2017 election, or due to legislation that has been passed recently. Those states are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. 
Eight other states are increasing their minimum wages due to automatic inflation adjustments that are part of state law, those being: Alaska, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota. 
Several cities, such as New York City and Washington DC, will also be seeing their minimum wages increase as well. 
Maryland will also be seeing a minimum wage increase in early July, going up to $10.10 per hour from the current $9.25 per hour. The minimum wage for Maryland will continue to rise in July of 2019, going up to $12 per hour at that time. 
Junior David Forsberg said “I think small minimum wage increases can be good. They can help to stimulate the economy. As long as they don’t cause inflation, they’re fine.”
Senior Ronak Chawla said “Minimum wage increases are good for workers and the economy. It’s an incentive for more workers to get jobs. More people working means a stronger economy.”
Junior Ben Tekin said “Minimum wage increases cause inflation a lot of the time, so I can’t say that they’re always good. As long as the raises aren’t too dramatic, it should be okay though.”
About 4.5 million workers are expected to benefit from the wage increases once they take effect.