WASHINGTON (ViaNews) – The turning of the new year means a traditional rushing in of new laws across American states and 2018 is no different.
From paid leave to voter ID requirements all the way to recreational marijuana legalization, new laws impact a majority of states. Here’s a look at some of the new laws that took effect Jan. 1:
Eighteen states saw their minimum wage increase on Jan. 1. Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington all implemented varying minimum wage increases.
According to National Public Radio news, all of those states had already implemented higher rates while the federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour – a rate that has held since 2009.
“This is a life or death issue for businesses,” Michael Saltsman, director of the Employment Policies Institute, told NPR. “I think you will see an increased rate of businesses not being able to make the math work as they’re forced to give a raise to their