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Numerous states increase minimum wage, but Kansas holds steady at $7.25 per hour Featured

Numerous states increase minimum wage, but Kansas holds steady at $7.25 per hour KVOE News file photo

Twenty states now have higher minimum wages as the calendar changes from 2018 to 2019.


Kansas is not on that list.

Hourly wage increases range from five cents an hour to $2 an hour. Those wage increases follow legislative action, ballot initiatives or cost-of-living adjustments.

The Kansas minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour. Two states, Georgia and Wyoming, have minimum wages at $5.15 an hour, and five states do not mandate a minimum wage, according to the US Department of Labor.

Several states have expressed goals to have a $15 minimum wage in the next few years. The Pew Research Center says the federal minimum wage has lost nearly 10 percent of its purchasing power to inflation.

Twenty-nine states, including Missouri, now have higher state minimum wage levels than federal minimum wage rates.

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