Minimum wage in Ohio to increase 15 cents an hour

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase by 15 cents an hour to $8.10 on Jan. 1

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the increase will boost the wages of more than 250,000 Ohioans. The minimum wage of workers who receive tips will increase 7 cents to $4.05 an hour.

Voters in Ohio approved a constitutional amendment in 2006 that calls for annual increases in the hourly wage.

The newspaper reports that a nonprofit policy group has estimated that the wage increases will produce $36 million in economic growth from higher consumer spending. Another policy group told the newspaper that nine of the state’s 12 most common occupations pay less than $10 an hour.