TUCSON — The minimum wage in Arizona will go up by a dime with the new year, to $7.35 an hour.
The new state minimum will be 10 cents higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that workers who receive tips also will get a 10-cent-an-hour increase, from the current $4.25 to $4.35.
Arizona voters created a state minimum wage in 2006.
It initially was set at $6.75 per hour, with a provision for possible cost-of-living-increases to the minimum wage starting in 2008.
The Industrial Commission of Arizona is responsible for setting and enforcing the state minimum wage.
It calculates cost-of-living increases based on increases to the federal Consumer Price Index, which measures the average price for goods and services in the nation.