Minimum Wage

The Center for American Progress has long worked to build the policy case for raising the minimum wage and eliminating the subminimum wage for people with disabilities and tipped workers. The following research and analyses demonstrate how people deserve to be paid fairly for their work and how a higher minimum wage would—rather than limit job growth—provide financial stability for families and boost overall economic growth.

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Fight to Raise the Wage Goes Local Report
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Fight to Raise the Wage Goes Local

As city minimum-wage laws are beginning to pick up steam, evidence suggests that raising the minimum wage does not harm local jobs.

Anna Chu, Jackie Odum, Brendan Duke

6 Surprising Facts About the Minimum Wage Video

6 Surprising Facts About the Minimum Wage

The federal minimum wage has not been raised in more than five years. Here are six facts explaining why Congress needs to raise it to $10.10 an hour.

Anna Chu, Andrew Satter

It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage Article
Workers hold a protest on the steps of the state capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, to speak out on issues ranging from increasing the state's minimum wage to supporting public schools. (AP/Erik Schelzig)

It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

Evidence shows that increasing the minimum wage is good for workers, their families, and the economy.

Anna Chu

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