Restaurants brace for minimum wage hikes

Restaurants brace for minimum wage hikes

Increases hit eight states Jan. 1, Washington state wage rises to $9 per hour

Eight states saw minimum wage increases Jan. 1, and Washington became the first state to break through the $9 per hour minimum pay threshold.

Wage hikes tied to cost-of-living increases are scheduled for Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Colorado posted the lowest increase, with a 28-cent uptick per hour to a state rate of $7.64. The highest threshold is in Washington state, where the 37-cent-per-hour increase this year raises the minimum

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