Blue state minimum wages inch upward, widening gap with South

  • A person shops in the cereal aisle of a Giant Food supermarket on April 12, 2022, in North Bethesda, Maryland. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/TNS)

A grocery store cashier who’s guaranteed $15 per hour in California can legally be paid $7.25 in Texas and 19 other states — a gap in state minimum wages that’s set to widen further in the year ahead.