Congress is stalled when it comes to considering a bill to raise the federal minimum wage, but a growing number of states are taking the issue into their own hands. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia now have minimum wages that are higher than the current federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, and campaigns have launched in at least five other states. About 76% of Americans would support a $9-per-hour minimum wage, according to a survey; retailers, restaurant chains and service businesses worry higher minimum wages will have a negative impact on hiring and expansion plans.

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