As of January 2013, the minimum hourly wage rates in 4 states will increase. Effective January 1, 2013 the minimum wages in  Montana, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington have been legislated to increase. An increase to the wage rate in Colorado has also been proposed. In Montana, the minimum wage rate is to increase to $7.80 an hour from $7.65 an hour. In Ohio, the rate is to increase to $7.85 an hour from $7.70 an hour for non-tipped employees and to $3.93 an hour from $3.85 an hour for tipped employees. The increased rate is to apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $288,000 a year. In Oregon, the rate is to increase to $8.95 an hour from $8.80 an hour. In Washington, the rate is to increase to $9.19 an hour from $9.04 an hour.

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment proposed an increase in the minimum wage to $7.78 an hour from $7.64 an hour for non-tipped employees and to $4.76 an hour from $4.62 an hour for tipped employees, effective Jan. 1, 2013. A hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Nov. 1, 2012.

There is a push in Congress to increase the Federal minimum wage for both non-tipped and tipped employees.