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Minimum wage increases to $7.93 an hour in state

at first of the year

Washington state’s minimum wage will increase 30¢ to $7.93 an hour beginning Jan. 1.

The Department of Labor and Industries recalculates the state’s minimum wage each year in late September as required by Initiative 688, which was approved by Washington voters in 1998. The law requires that the state minimum wage be adjusted each year according to the change in the federal Consumer Price Index.

Washington’s minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although 14 and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage.

Small business forum Oct. 11

YAKIMA – Small business owners and their employees are being urged to attend a forum at Yakima’s Red Lion Hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The informative lunch forum will address small business health care solutions, tax policy and a preview of the 2007 Washington state legislative session.

The luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m., and costs $15 per person. Pre-registration to attend the forum, being sponsored by the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo Bank, is required (509-248-2021).

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