Raising the Minimum Wage

Stagnant income is the crisis of our time. Thanks to the productivity of America’s workers, the U.S. economy is nearly twice as large per capita as it was in 1980—but most families have nothing to show for it. Corporate profits as a share of our national income are at an all-time high, while wages are at a 65-year low.

Raising the minimum wage is one of the best tools we have to lift incomes and grow our consumer-driven economy. But in the past 40 years, the federal minimum wage—stuck at $7.25 since 2009—has lost 30 percent of its value. In Washington and in states and cities around the country, NELP is fighting for a wage families can live on—and an economy that works for all of us.

Visit our website, raisetheminimumwage.com, for more information about minimum wage policies and campaigns to raise wages around the country.

Visit RaiseTheMinimumWage.com

NELP’s Raise the Minimum Wage website is the best online repository of information on the minimum wage and on campaigns to raise wages around the country.


$15 Campaign Reports and Resources

No longer just a rallying cry, since 2014 the call for a $15 wage has spread to a growing number of jurisdictions –  including major cities and states. The following resources make the case for the need for and feasibility of phasing the minimum wage up to around $15, and illustrate the strong public support high-wage proposals enjoy.

Click the image below for a complete list of NELP resources on the movement for $15.


Federal, State, and Local Minimum Wage Campaigns

Access NELP’s complete list of campaigns for higher minimum wages by clicking the image below.



News Releases

Connecticut to Become Seventh State in Nation, Fourth This Year, to Adopt $15 Minimum Wage

With Connecticut’s move, nearly one-third of the U.S. workforce is now on a path to a $15 minimum wage.

Posted May 17, 2019 Read More

News Releases

Colorado Legislature Approves Landmark Bill to Repeal Preemption of Local Minimum Wage Laws

Governor Jared Polis is expected to sign the bill into law.

Posted May 3, 2019 Read More

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Regional Approach to Federal Minimum Wage Would Keep Wages Artificially Low in Many Parts of U.S.

The regional approach would bake-in wages that are already artificially low in many parts of the country.

Posted Apr 4, 2019 Read More

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Overcoming Gubernatorial Veto and Preemption Threat, Maryland Becomes Sixth State to Adopt $15 Minimum Wage Rate

Maryland becomes the sixth state in the nation—and the first south of the Mason-Dixon line—to adopt a $15 minimum wage.

Posted Mar 28, 2019 Read More
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