According to a recent blog piece by The Atlantic, laws raising the minimum wage in 12 states went into effect on January 1st.
Additionally, the minimum wage in Maryland and Washington D.C. will go up in July, and inflation adjustments will be made to raise the minimum wage in Colorado and South Dakota. A handful of cities and counties, including New York, will also see minimum-wage increases.
Efforts to raise the minimum wage paid off in 2015, and as the movement has gained momentum—the current goal of many activists is $15 an hour and the debate over whether raising minimum wage is a good idea will likely become even more heated in 2016.
The overall effect of raising the minimum wage is believed to be positive, because higher wages have the potential to pull many working Americans out of poverty.
The next battle is likely to be the debate over raising the federal minimum wage.