The new year ushers in a host of new state laws around the country. While some of these changes can be significant for some people, most of the changes are narrow in impact.
More than a dozen states and a handful of localities, though, are hiking their minimum wages.
Few people earn the minimum wage, of course, but its impact is felt in parts of the economy, retail and food service, that Americans utilize every day. In some areas, years of labor union agitation have successfully raised the wage floor to a level that will dramatically affect Americans’ every day activities.