The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

December 30, 2012

Ohio minimum wage rising 15 cents in 2013


Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s minimum wage is going up 15 cents to $7.85 beginning on Jan. 1.

The Ohio Department of Commerce also says the new minimum for tipped employees will be $3.93 — an increase of 8 cents an hour.

The state minimum wage is adjusted annually because of an amendment to the Ohio Constitution approved by voters in 2006. Increases are linked to the Consumer Price Index. A year ago, the minimum wage jumped 30 cents at the beginning of 2012.

The nonprofit Economic Policy Institute says the 2013 increase will benefit 215,000 low-wage workers in the state and will mean an extra $340 per year.

Ohio is one of 10 states that will increase their minimum wage on Tuesday.