N■ By Greg Allen / Contributed ineteen states, including New York and California, rang in the New Year with an increase in the minimum wage. Massachusetts and Washington State now have the highest minimum wages in the country at $11.00 per hour. Voters in Arizona, Maine, Colorado and Washington approved wage increases on election day 2016. Seven other states, Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota, have automatically raised their state’s minimum wage. The other states seeing increases are Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Michigan and Vermont. Additional increases are slated for later in the year in Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Workers and labor advocates argue the increases will

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