The once-unthinkable $15 minimum wage became a burgeoning reality in 2015.
Following the examples set by San Francisco and Seattle, 14 cities, counties and state governments approved a hike to $15 in their local minimum hourly pay, according to the National Employment Law Project.
And that momentum is likely to continue in the new year.
Lawmakers in 13 states and cities — including California, New York and Washington, D.C. — have proposed legislation and ballot measures calling for a $15 minimum that will get consideration in 2016.
In most places, the increase to $15 is being phased in over a few years to give businesses a little time to adjust.
That’s because a $15 minimum often reflects a 50%-plus hike from the local minimum in place today. And it represents a 107% increase over the $7.25 federal minimum wage.