University of Wisconsin–Madison

Local Minimum Wage Laws: Impacts on Workers, Families and Businesses

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Local policymakers can reduce poverty rates and improve quality of life by establishing minimum wage laws. This report examines local minimum wage requirements and finds that they minimally impact businesses while raising pay for lower-income workers, reducing pay inequality, and decreasing family poverty rates. It highlights effective minimum wage policies from local case studies and outlines their impacts on workers and employers.

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