Minimum wage laws in adjacent states (in case you were wondering)

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Nevada Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Steve Sisolak acknowledge that the state’s minimum wage needs to go up. But by how much, and when, has yet to be ironed out, at least publicly.

In the meantime, for perspective, or context, or just for the nonce, here are the minimum wage laws in states adjacent to Nevada, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures:

  • Arizona’s minimum wage is $11 an hour. On Jan. 1, 2020, it goes up to $12, and then rises annually based on cost of living increases.
  • California’s is already $12. It is scheduled to rise a dollar a year until it reaches $15 in 2022, followed by annual increases based on the consumer price index (CPI).
  • Oregon’s wage is $10.75. It is scheduled to rise by 75 cents a year until reaching $13.50 in 2022, and then rise based on the CPI thereafter.
  • The minimum wage is $7.25 in both Utah and Idaho.

The only official minimum wage proposal on the table in Nevada right now is a joint resolution passed by legislators in 2017 to raise the wage in the state constitution. Legislators could opt to not raise the minimum wage this year, and instead pass the constitutional amendment resolution again, which would send it to voters in 2020. If voters approved it, Nevada’s minimum wage would rise from its current $7.25 an hour to $9.40, but not until Jan. 1, 2021. The wage would then rise by $1.15 each year, until reaching $14 in 2025.

Meanwhile, Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen and Democratic Reps. Dina Titus, Steven Horsford and Susie Lee all support legislation to raise the minimum wage nationally from its current $7.25 to $15 by 2024.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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