Starting the first of the year, 21 states are increasing their minimum wage. Kansas isn’t one of them. The states include 12 that enacted increases through legislation and ballot measures and nine states (including Colorado and Missouri) that annually adjust their minimum wage for cost-of-living increases. Kansas used to have the lowest state minimum wage in the country, and groups such as the Kansas Chamber of Commerce fought against raising it. But in 2009, then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a law raising the wage from $2.65 per hour to the federal minimum, which is still $7.25 per hour. Adjusted for inflation, $7.25 is lower than the minimum wage of 1968. – Phillip Brownlee
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