Can Local Governments Set Higher Minimum Wage Than the State?

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Throughout the country, much has been made of varied initiatives to increase the minimum wage from its current level under federal law to higher levels. Many commentators frequently propose $15 an hour as the new minimum wage, and some municipalities throughout the country have enacted local ordinances to push their minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage.

The city of Miami Beach was one such city. In 2016, it enacted an ordinance raising the minimum wage for many of its employees higher than the state and federal minimum wages. The city was sued for enacting the ordinance, and the trial

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