Minimum wage increase planned for 21 states next year

Millions of minimum wage employees are getting a raise next year.

Massachusetts’ new minimum wage will be set at $11 in 2017, up $1¬†from 2016. Arizona, California and Vermont will all be raised to $10 and workers in Oregon will see a raise to $10.25 in July.

Four states (Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington) raised the state minimum wage in the November election. Other increases are based on cost-of-living increases or legislative action.

The federal minimum wage has been set at $7.25 since 2009, but states and localities can require a higher number.

Higher minimum wage can also be set by local government. The highest wages are in Washington at $15.35 in SeaTac and $15 in Seattle, according to CNN.

California cities will have higher rates in 2017 — $10.50 in Sacramento for large employers and $13 in Mountainview and Sunnyvale.

Depending on the region and employer size, the state of New York will be raising the minimum pay on New Year’s Eve to between $9.70 and $10.50 an hour.

Fast food CEO and Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor, Andrew Puzder, is a critic of the movement to raise minimum wage.