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Minimum Wage Rising to $8.07 in 2008

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WASHINGTON--Come January 1st, 2008, minimum wage will increase $0.14 cents. This will change the current state minimum wage from $7.93 cents to $8.07 cents. 

Workers in both agricultural and nonagricultural positions will benefit. Minimum wage is a common pay scale in many industries, particularly restaurants or fast-food chains. Usually, the skill level required to do the jobs reflects the hourly wage.

One Taco Bell employee we spoke to said he's encouraged by the raise. Even though an extra 14 cents doesn't seem like much, it will eventually add up, allowing him to help his mom with the bills.

"(I) got a little excited because I'm going to be payed more," says Jose Martinez. It will help me in paying stuff off, cell phone bills and stuff like that."

Each year, the state department of labor and industries readjusts the minimum wage. This is required after voters approved a measure in 1998.

As of January 1st, here's how other states (across the country) will fare. Under Washington, California and Massachusetts will be tied with an $8.00 hourly wage. Oregon will rank third with $7.95 cents.

 

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