A recently released study by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) documents behind-the-scenes efforts to lower the minimum wage by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
The study found that
since January 2011, legislators from 31 states have introduced 105 bills aiming to repeal or weaken core wage standards at the state and local level, and 67 of these 105 bills were directly sponsored or co-sponsored by legislators affiliated with ALEC.
NELP says "ALEC legislators have worked to weaken wage standards at the state level by repealing state minimum wage laws, reducing minimum wage rates for youth and tipped workers, weakening overtime compensation policies, and preventing the establishment of local living wage and prevailing wage ordinances."
The figures below show just a sampling of the wage-related legislation by state, much of it still pending: