Minimum Wage Increase for the New Year

Good news for some of Colorado's hourly workers, the New Year will ring in with the sound of extra change in their pockets as a minimum wage increase goes into effect.

"Everything that we have in our earnings is usually just take home in cash from tips, so I don't think the extra 22 cents will make a huge difference in far of what we see, but more money in the pocket is a good thing," said Ashley Sullivan, Kannah Creek Waitress.

Sullivan says her spending money comes from her tips and says she usually doesn't see a paycheck worth talking about. But this New Year, minimum wage workers, including servers can count down the drop of the ball to a 22 cent pay increase.

Kannah Creek restaurant manager Katlin Lubeley says the increase will be good for her workers.

"It will be a really nice bonus for them to get that paycheck with that increase in minimum wage, it will increase that check and help them pay for bills or whatever else they have going on,” said Lubeley.

As tabs add up and money flows in for Kannah Creek, Lubeley says although extra money is going into the hands of her workers, it's something the business has to factor for.

"Anytime there is an increase in wages, it definitely affects us. when you hear 22 cents it doesn't sound like much but when you have two locations with 3 to 4 servers a shift...and do that for 365 days a year, that 22 cents adds up for a business", said Lubeley.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the increased consumer spending generated by Colorado's minimum-wage increase will boost economic growth by more than 18 million dollars.

The Economic Policy Institute also says the increase will benefit nearly 104,000 thousand low-wage workers in the state.

Colorado isn't alone, 12 other states will be increasing the minimum wage for the New Year, and those include our neighbors Arizona and Montana.

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