NEW YORK (AP) — California and New York —where almost 1 in 5 Americans live — are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour. And the activists who spearheaded those efforts are now setting their sights on other similarly liberal, Democratic-led states.READ MORE: MRLA Offering Free Food Safety Classes for Kids
Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington are among the states with active “Fight for $15” efforts, and even economic experts who oppose the higher rate see it gaining momentum.READ MORE: Whitmer: $32M Investment To Recruit, Retain Police Officers
The idea faces headwinds in more conservative and rural states in the South and the Midwest. But activists believe it is picking up steam, even if their two big victories to date were in two very receptive places: trend-setting, labor-friendly states with a high cost of living and a yawning gap between rich and poor.
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