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Washington State Minimum Wage Expected to Increase January 1st

KENNEWICK, Wash. - According to the Department of Labor and Industries minimum wage is going up in the state of Washington starting January 1st. 

It is expected to go up by 14 cents to be $8.07 after the first of the year.

Under state law the government must adjust the minimum wage to correlate with the daily cost of living.

In 2006 Washington had the highest minimum wage rate in the country.

One Kennewick teenager said he is happy for the increase and that every little bit helps.

While others do not think the minimum wage is high enough.  Kennewick Resident Shirley Rice said, "I have to save for 2 or 3 months just to do something with my grandkids and it's shot in 2 hours.  It's really hard."

The law that forces government to look at the minimum wage dates back to 1998.

According to the Labor and Industry website every year the state's minimum wage is recalculated in September and then takes effect the following year on January 1.

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