THE minimum wage in Ohio will increase to $7.85 an hour on Tuesday, New Year's Day.
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. That's also the rate in West Virginia and all of the states bordering the Mountain State except Ohio, where the current minimum is $7.70.
Ohio's minimum wage changes annually because of an amendment to the state constitution Buckeye State voters passed in 2006, according to the Toledo Blade newspaper. That amendment ties the wage to the inflation rate.
In addition to increasing on Jan. 1 in Ohio, the minimum will go up in almost a dozen states and cities and there are efforts in several other states to hike the wage, according to The Wall Street Journal. But West Virginia isn't among them.
The last increase in West Virginia occurred in 2008, when the minimum went from $6.55 to $7.25.
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West Virginia is one of only 13 states to have met the January 2013 deadline set by the federal Real ID Act for issuing secure drivers' licenses, according to the federal Department of Homeland Security, or DHS.
West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Joe Miller last year explained the motivation behind the Real ID law: "Seven of the ... [Sept. 11, 2001] terrorists had authentic driver's licenses that were fraudulently obtained," he said.
The DHS commended the states that have met the standards, as did Brian Zimmer, president of the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License.