Our Latest Updates – Archive

New Year, New Minimum Wage Rates
1/5/2023 -

A handful of states updated their minimum wage rates resulting in 0 states with minimum wages below the federal $7.25/hr rate, 30 and DC above the federal rate, and 20 that default to the federal rate.

State Minimum Wage Raises
1/4/2022 -

A record 21 states raised the minimum wage levels effective Jan. 2021, putting 30 states above the federal level.

State Minimum Wages Rise
7/6/2021 -

Several states’ minimum wage hikes went into effect on July 1. Compare and contrast the rates for each state.

Biden to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
4/28/2021 -

Biden signed an executive order on Apr. 27, 2021 that will raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour effective in 2022. The raise is expected to impact hundreds of thousands of workers.

Minimum Wage Hike Included in COVID-19 Stimulus Package
2/12/2021 -

On Jan. 14, 2021, President Joe Biden included a $15 minimum wage in the America Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 (coronavirus) rescue package. Biden, however, expressed doubt that the minimum wage increase included would survive a Senate vote.

19 States Raise Minimum Wages with New Year
1/4/2021 -

The federal minimum wage remains $7.25 an hour, while 29 states have higher minimum wages up to $15 an hour in California and DC.

Florida Voters Approve $15 Minimum Wage
11/4/2020 -

The minimum wage in Florida will rise from the current $8.56 to $10.00 in 2021, and then rise by $1.00 each year until the wage reaches $15.00 in 2026.

State-by-State Minimum Wage Levels
1/6/2020 -

32 states and DC have minimum wages higher than the federal rate of $7.25 an hour, while two states have lower rates. Find where your state falls in this updated resource.

Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?: Pro & Con Quotes
10/4/2019 -

Find new quotes from US Representatives Pramila Jayapal, MBA, (D-WA) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Senior Contributor to Forbes.com Jack Kelly, among other experts in this debate.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?
9/25/2018 -

Did you know that over 50% of workers who earn the federal minimum wage or lower are over 25? Or that 63% are women? See these and many more stats in our updated background section.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

State-by-State Minimum Wage Levels
1/8/2018 -

18 states increased their state-level minimum wages at the beginning of 2018. Currently, 29 states and DC have a minimum wage higher than the federal level of $7.25 an hour. Washington has set the highest state minimum wage at $11.50 an hour; DC is at $12.50.