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Monday, December 30, 2013 - 2:08pm
Starting on Wednesday, minimum wage workers in 13 states will be getting bigger paychecks. With one hiking its payout by a full dollar, Zain Asher has the details on which states make the list.
More than a dozen states are getting ready to shell out more to low-income workers.
While most of the increases amount to less than .15 cents, workers in New Jersey will see their minimum wage go up by $1 to $8.25 an hour.
Fellow Northeastern states, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island are also seeing decent bumps with hikes ranging from .25 to .75 cents an hour.
Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington round out the list.
They'll get more modest increases, although Washington will still have the highest minimum wage in the country, at $9.32 an hour.
The hikes come amid a national debate over low pay. Fast food and retail workers have walked off the job numerous times this year, calling for better wages and more hours.
The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour.
Fast food workers earn an average of about $9 an hour but, want more.
While many Republicans believe raising wages would lead to a pullback in hiring, President Obama has thrown his weight behind the issue.
Many Americans seem to agree, with a recent ABC/Washington Post poll showing two thirds of Americans believe minimum wage workers should be paid more.