People who work for the minimum wage in 18 states are getting a raise on Jan. 1. From Alaska to Maine, increases range from 4 cents to a dollar.
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: And the start of the new year will mean a raise for many low-wage workers across the country. Eighteen states are raising their minimum wage next week. Some of the biggest increases will be in Colorado, Hawaii, Maine and New York. But some business leaders are worried that raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. Here's NPR's Joel Rose.
JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Susie Hubbard (ph) works at a laundromat in Westbrook, Maine, outside of Portland.
SUSIE HUBBARD: So I just cleaned out all the vents so that everybody's clothes dry at a good pace.
ROSE: When she was hired a few months ago, Hubbard earned just above the current minimum wage of nine bucks an hour. But with the minimum set to go up next week, her boss just gave her a raise to the new minimum of $10 an hour.
HUBBARD: I'll be very happy. I'll be very happy for everybody's wages to go up. I still find it very hard to struggle just taking care of myself. Never mind if I had a family. If I had a family, I'd be crunched.