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New state minimum wage goes into effect

Economist: Small increase unlikely to have major impacts


January 3, 2020

Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

Montana raised its state minimum wage from $8.50 per hour to $8.65 on January, 1, 2020. Montana's minimum wage is $1.40 more than the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

Gov. Steve Bullock announced at the end of last year that at the start of 2020 the state of Montana will be increasing its minimum wage from $8.50 per hour to $8.65.

"This increase ensures Montanans earning the minimum wage don't fall further behind, but we still have work to do to make a living wage a reality for all Montanans," Bullock said. "Montana has the sixth fastest wage growth in the nation over the past decade, and we must build on this trend by continuing to create good-paying jobs, supporting Montana businesses, standing up for employees who negotiate for better pay and increas...

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