The ticker is proof that a fixed minimum wage in essence adds up to a constant wage cut for millions of American employees because their incomes do not increase with the cost of living.
Although five years is a long time, it is not peculiar for the federal government to go for long periods without raising the minimum wage. Between 1997 and 2007, the government did not raise incomes for all civil servants despite the drastic change in inflation (Desilver 2014). According to CEPR, this rise is crucial for employees if they are to keep up with the economy’s rate of inflation. This think tank projected that American minimum wage workers would have enjoyed an extra $6 billion if their minimum wage since 2009 had kept up with inflation (Bendery). The constitution requires Congress to act accordingly if minimum wage workers are to see a rise from the current $7.25 per hour. This power by legislators triumphs in the 29 states that still do not demand an increase (Bendery).
Many states have set minimum wages above the federal state’s wage floor. Some of these increases have been very ambitious. For instance, Seattle passed a law that will eventually increase the state’s wage floor to $15 per hour and match the current rate of inflation (Bendery). Other states have raised their wage floors through ballot measures to allow their citizens to meet the risen costs of living. In South Dakota, Alaska, Nebraska and, Arkansas, state authorities approved minimum wage raises through an election in 2014 while Illinois legislators passed an advisory measure to raise the state’s wage floor (Gascon 2014). The 2014 session has seen multiple other states join in the campaign to raise minimum wages. Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and D.C. approved wage increases in the course of the 2014 session. By August 2014, a total 23 states had wage floors above the