Washington state's minimum wage is increasing 15 cents to $9.19 per hour.

The Department of Labor & Industries said Friday the new rules will go into effect in January.

Washington is already the state with the highest minimum wage in the country.

Washington voters approved a process to calculate the minimum wage in 1998, and the new increase reflects a rise in the Consumer Price Index.

That has been driven upward recently due to gasoline prices.

Are you happy with the increase or do you feel it's too much and hurting small business?

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