Minimum wage to increase September 30

Sep 12, 2016

The federal minimum wage in the Northern Mariana Islands goes up to $6.55 per hour on September 30. Raising the minimum wage is one way to bring more U.S. workers into the Marianas economy and it may be having an effect. Since the wage began to rise in 2007 the number of U.S. workers (inclusive of workers from the Freely Associated States) has risen from 13,246 to 15,137, according to data from the Commonwealth government. And the average wage paid to U.S. workers has increased from $10,685 to $14,296 per year during this same period of time. Next year the wage increases again to $7.05 and then to the U.S. $7.25 per hour in September 2018. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 2150, legislation to lift the minimum wage further, to $12 per hour nationwide with annual increases after that to be determined by the U.S. Department of Labor.