Colo. minimum-wage workers see small pay hike

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It’ll be a happier New Year for nearly 650,000 workers earning minimum wage – they’re getting small raises in seven states.

Seven states that tie the minimum wage to the cost of living will see minimum wages go up between 9 cents and 12 cents an hour because the consumer price indexes in those states rose in 2010.

Poverty advocates say the rising minimum wages shouldn’t be seen as raises, just adjustments to keep the working poor at the same level as prices of consumer goods rise.

The National Employment Law Project, a New York-based advocacy group for workers, estimates that about 647,000 people will see their paychecks go up in seven states – Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

– Associated Press