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July 9, 2007

State’s minimum wage to increase in increments

As of July 24, the minimum wage in Indiana will increase from $5.15 an hour to $5.85. The increase is the first in a trio of increases that will eventually bump minimum wage up to $7.25 an hour.

“There have been several efforts to increase Indiana’s minimum wage since the last increase nearly a decade ago, but they have all be rejected by claims that the increase will harm businesses and put people out of work,” State Representative Joe Micon said in a press release. “While most studies indicate that minimum wage does not affect employment rates, legislators decided this year to reach a bipartisan compromise that ties the state and federal rate together.”

Micon co-authored Public Law 165, which ties increases in federal minimum wage to increases in Indiana’s minimum wage. He said that from this point on, each rise in the federal minimum wage will create a rise in state minimum wage.

The second increase will be on July 24, 2008, when the wage will jump to $6.25 per hour; the final is on July 24, 2009, when the increase will reach $7.25 per hour.

“Tipped” employees, such as restaurant servers, must be paid $2.13 an hour, though if the tips do not add to whatever minimum wage is at the time, employers must make up the difference.

Teresa Johnson is a server at Red Lobster in Avon. She is paid mostly by the tips given by patrons and says that her $2.13 is drained from her pay for taxes.

“It (the increase) should help a little bit, at least,” Johnson said. “The $2.13 an hour gets taken for taxes. If minimum wage increases a little bit, we might actually see a little bit of it.”

Johnson also said that the cost of living seems to be rising, and that “right now it is a lot more pressure on people.”

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