OH minimum wage to increase Jan. 1 - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

OH minimum wage to increase Jan. 1

As a cashier, Jade Anderson looks forward to the minimum wage increase. (Source: WOIO) As a cashier, Jade Anderson looks forward to the minimum wage increase. (Source: WOIO)
Employer Darryl Billups says he's happy to pay his workers more. (Source: WOIO) Employer Darryl Billups says he's happy to pay his workers more. (Source: WOIO)
NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) -

One of the coming changes January will bring is an increase in Ohio's minimum wage. In 2006, Ohio voters approved annual wage adjustments that were amended into the constitution.

The pay increase is welcome news for cashier Jade Anderson, whose job is a classic minimum wage occupation.

"I have been a cashier for 20 plus years," Anderson said. "It will impact me and my family. It's good news."A mother of two, Anderson has been waiting awhile for the hike. 

"For a long time, a lot of families have been piecing together incomes just to make ends meet," she said. 

Darryl Billips is one of the employers who will soon have to pay his employees more money and he likes that. 

''It will help the economy. I truly believe that'," Billips said. "The more they make, the more they're gonna spend. It is only logical."

The wage will increase from $7.95 an hour to $8.10. 

A 15 cent increase might not seem like much, but when it is applied to roughly 277,000 workers in Ohio, the economic benefit to the state is estimated at $36 million. 

That boost is expected to impact soon because minimum wage workers spend money immediately on items, such as food and clothing, instead of waiting and saving for larger items, like a car or house.

Employees who work for tips will also get a wage increase to $4.05 an hour.

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