Colorado Will Lower Minimum Wage

State figure, tied to inflation, will drop 4 cents to $7.24

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 13, 2009 2:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – Colorado is set to become the first state to lower its minimum wage next year. The state’s minimum wage is tied to local inflation—specifically, the Denver-Boulder-Greeley Consumer Price Index, which has fallen 0.6%. The state’s minimum of $7.28 an hour will fall to $7.24 on Jan 1. Most employers, however, will be required to pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25, notes the Denver Post.

The wage cut to the federal level would translate into $62.40 of lost income over the course of a year. "For the people really working at the minimum wage, even though it is a small amount of money, it means a lot to them," a public policy researcher tells the Post.

Colorado will become the first state to lower its minimum wage next year.   (Shutterstock)
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