The city let voters in 2014 decide if they supported a gradual increase to a $15 minimum wage. The minimum wage ordinance raised the wage from $11.05 to $12.25 in May 2015 and reached $15 in 2018. The wage is now adjusted by inflation, and the current minimum wage is $16.07 in San Francisco.In 2016, New York State passed a law that had New York City raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2018 for businesses with at least 11 employees and by 2019 for larger businesses. This was part of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for minimum wage increases across the state in the 2016-2017 state budget.The NYC metro area has the highest regional price parity in the state and is 24.1% higher than the national average, making it more expensive than other areas in the state. For instance, $15 in New York City has the same buying power as $12.80 in Ithaca or $11.81 in Rochester. Although California is raising the minimum wage gradually to $15, this metro area already has a minimum wage of $15 for some businesses under its minimum wage ordinance. The Santa Rosa City Council voted in 2019 to raise the minimum wage to $15. Businesses with more than 25 workers reached this rate first in July 2020, two years ahead of when businesses of this size in the rest of California are planned to reach this rate. Santa Rosa businesses with 25 or fewer workers will reach this rate next year.In 2016, the District of Columbia passed a law to reach $15 in 2020, under the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 and a unanimous vote by the city council. This was part of the Fight For $15 initiative with a plan to gradually increase the minimum wage.According to the state's website, minimum wages will continue to increase across the state until $15 is reached. This legislation was passed with the 2016-2017 state budget. Long Island and Westchester will reach this figure in 2021. Rates will continue to increase until the state reaches $15. New York City already has a $15 minimum wage.In 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a minimum wage of $15, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The state was the first to approve this rate. The timeline for reaching this amount varies based on the size of the business. Businesses with 25 or fewer employees will have this minimum wage in 2023, while larger businesses will reach $15 per hour one year earlier.New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law in February 2019 that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2024. The law notes that seasonal workers and businesses with five or fewer workers will reach this rate in 2026. The current minimum wage in the state is $11 per hour and will continue to increase by one dollar each year.This city's minimum wage ordinance went into effect in 2015 after the city council approved of this minimum wage level and Mayor Edward B. Murray signed it into law in 2014. The minimum wage varies depending on the size of a business. For instance, the minimum wage for businesses with at least 501 employees is set at $16.39 per hour.For small businesses, the minimum wage is $13.50 and will continue to increase until reaching $15 and then will be adjusted for inflation. It also differs if you get medical benefits through your employer. For instance, if you work at a company with 500 or fewer employees and your employer pays either $2.25 per hour in tips and/or medical benefits, then the minimum wage is $15.75.Massachusetts passed a bill, known as the grand bargain bill, in 2018 that included raising the minimum wage to $15 along with some other work benefits like paid family leave, according to Boston Magazine. The current minimum wage in the state is $12.75, which went up in January. The minimum wage will continue to increase each January by $0.75 until it reaches $15 in 2023. Tipped workers must also make this current minimum wage through base pay and tip credit.The state raised the minimum wage from $10.10 to $11 this past January. The next increase will happen next January, which will be $11.75 for employers with at least 15 workers and $11.60 for smaller businesses. The wage will continue to increase until large businesses reach $15 in 2025 and smaller businesses reach this in 2026.Although the state became the sixth one to approve a gradual increase to $15, not everyone wanted a raise. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed the bill because, according to The Baltimore Sun, Hogan said it could lead to job cuts and make the state less competitive where surrounding states had lower wages. The Democratic-majority legislature overrode the veto.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont passed Public Act 19-4 law in May 2019, and the following October the minimum wage increased from $10.10 to $11 per hour. The current wage is $12 and will continue to increase by a dollar until $15 is reached in 2023, per the state government's website. Afterward, the wage will become indexed to the employment cost index, meaning it will be adjusted for inflation.The Sunshine State just raised the minimum wage to $15 by a referendum. The increase will happen gradually starting with an increase from $8.56 to $10 next September. Florida, which is now the eighth state to approve a $15 minimum wage, will reach a minimum wage of $15 in 2026. Afterward, it will be adjusted for inflation.The minimum wage in Illinois was raised from $9.25 to $10 this past July and will continue to increase by a dollar each January until 2025. Tipped employees in the state could be paid 60% of the minimum wage per the state government's website. Before the state raised the wage to $9.25 in January, the minimum wage stood at $8.25 since 2010 per the state government's website.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill, known as the Minimum Wage Law, in February 2019, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to the Tribune, businesses with 50 or fewer employees may be eligible for the Minimum Wage Tax Credit, where they can claim a tax credit of 25% of the costs in 2020 to help with some of the expenses associated with raising the minimum wage. That credit will decrease in following years however, according to the Illinois General Assembly site.