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With Prices Rising, States and Cities Must Raise Their Minimum Wages
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With Prices Rising, States and Cities Must Raise Their Minimum Wages

Lily Roberts and Rose Khattar outline why, 13 years since the federal minimum wage was last increased, states and cities must take action to ease the economic strain many workers and families face now in light of global inflation.

Prices are rising, but a key tool for building a strong economy is not the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 has not been increased in 13 years, the longest stretch in our history without an increase since 1938, the year when the federal minimum wage was first implemented.

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Authors

Lily Roberts

Managing Director

Rose Khattar

Associate Director, Economic Analysis

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