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December 31, 2014; National Employment Law Project

A minimum wage of $8 or $9 an hour is hardly going to lift a family out of poverty, but boosting the minimum wage in some states to that level—above the $7.25 mandated as a wage floor by federal law—may mean a little less financial stress for the working poor. The nonprofit National Employment Law Project has produced a list of all of the states that will have minimum wage requirements higher than the federal requirement sometime in calendar year 2015:

Alaska

$8.75

Arizona

$8.05

Arkansas

$7.50

California

$9.00

Colorado

$8.23

Connecticut

$9.15

Delaware

$8.25

Florida

$8.05

Hawaii

$7.75

Illinois

$8.25

Maine

$7.50

Maryland

$8.25

Massachusetts

$9.00

Michigan

$8.15

Minnesota