Montana’s new minimum hourly wage increases to $7.65 in January 2012

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Starting Jan. 1, the minium hourly wage in Montana will increase by 30 cents to $7.65, a state official said Monday.
“As the cost of living continues to increase, the law passed by Montanans in 2006, helps those making minimum wage keep their head above water,” Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly said in a news release.
Initiative 151, enacted by Montana voters in 2006, raised the state’s minimum wage to be the greater of either the current state or federal minimum wage.  It also added an annual cost-of-living adjustment to the state minimum wage.
The increase in the minimum wage is based upon any increase in the U.S. City Average Consumer Price Indexfor All Urban Consumers for All Items (CPI) from August of the preceding year to August of the year in which the calculation is made.  This amount is to be rounded to the nearest 5 cents.
Based on an increase in the CPI of 3.8 percent from August, 2010 to August, 2011, the calculation used for determining the minimum wage rate for 2012 is as follows:
$7.35 X .038 percent = 28 cents, rounded to 30 cents.
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