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When does the minimum wage go up?

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The minimum wage of $10.10 an hour goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for all workers on new and renewed federal government contracts. For all other Americans, there is no federal minimum wage increase unless Congress passes the Harkin-Miller bill.

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After President Obama signed the executive order in 2014, 13 states increased their minimum wages, and five states had the issue on their November 2014 election ballots. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a higher minimum wage goes into effect in January 2015 in 16 states. California raised its minimum wage to $9 an hour in July 2014, and it increases to $10 an hour in January 2016. The Harkin-Miller bill would also raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for workers earning tips. Tipped workers have not had a wage increase in 20 years.

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