Number of the Day Shows Prevalence of $7.25 Minimum Wage

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Number of the Day

That’s the number of states with a $7.25 minimum wage, a federal hourly minimum that hasn’t changed in 11 years.

While some states have voted to gradually increase their minimum wage to as high as $15—including Florida, if voters approve an initiative on the ballot Tuesday—21 states don’t offer anything higher than the federal minimum.  (If a state has its own minimum, employees are entitled to whichever is higher.)

The outcome of the presidential election could have implications for the long-debated issue. Democrat Joe Biden has supported raising the federal minimum to $15, while Republican President Donald Trump has said state-imposed minimums are best.