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Marcella Alvarez of Phoenix said she will be grateful for the extra money when Arizona's minimum wage rises from $7.65 an hour to $7.80 an hour Jan. 1. A law voters approved in 2006 adjusts the state's minimum wage separately from the federal minimum wage.

The Industrial Commission of Arizona recently announced a 15-cent-per-hour increase in the state’s minimum wage, to $7.80. Minimum-wage workers in Arizona will get a modest raise Jan. 1, under a law voters approved in 2006. Read more» 1

The Industrial Commission of Arizona announced in October that the minimum wage will increase from $7.35 to $7.65 an hour. Tipped employees, who make $3 below the standard minimum wage, will also receive the raise. Read more» 4