Waging War

The movement to raise minimum wages gains momentum

The cost of living in the Washington, D.C., metro region has risen 63% in the past decade, but the poverty rate remains stubbornly high; at 19%, it is 4 percentage points above the national average. The solution adopted by lawmakers in the district and surrounding counties in recent weeks has been to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour.

You might expect such a move from liberal D.C., but dozens of states and localities across the country are pushing measures that would hike wage floors and tie future pay increases to inflation. In New Jersey's statewide election last month, a...

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