After years of stagnating wages for working Americans and inaction by
Congress, legislators and activists across the country are taking the
lead in securing higher minimum wages on a state by state basis. They
are achieving some outstanding results. Here's where the minimum wage
fight stands in a number of states:
North Carolinians for Fair Wages is optimistic about their likelihood of securing a minimum wage increase this year, but notes that an outpouring of public support could still make a huge difference for NC workers.
The current bill includes an $0.85 increase in the minimum wage, but the goal of the coalition is to achieve a $1.00 increase tied to inflation.
North Carolina was the first state to pass a law reining in shady
predatory lending practices, such as steep prepayment penalties,
balloon payments and the sale of high-cost loans to borrowers who could
qualify for lower rates. Soon a number of other states followed with
similar laws and the result, according to a new study, is that homeowners now save $9.1 billion per year.