Ohio's minimum wage is set to increase 30 cents to $7.70 per hour on Jan.1.
The increase is part of a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2006, which says minimum wage will increase each year at the rate of inflation. The liberal think tank Policy Matters Ohio says data shows an estimated 347,000 workers will receive wage increases.
The $7.70 rate applies to workers 16 and older who don't get tips. The wage for tipped employees will be $3.85, up 15 cents, but their total pay cannot be less than $7.70 hourly.
Drivers on I-75 through Dayton should get used to orange barrels.
The Dayton Daily News reports construction work that began in 2006 will continue until 2017. Planning for the $400 million-plus update of the interstate began in 2000, and the first phase of construction is nearly complete. That involved adding a third I-75 lane in the area of Ohio Route 4, while removing a sharp curve and other work to relieve congestion.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he wants to hear from local communities on handling economic challenges in the wake of voters' rejection of a law that would have placed new limits on public employee unions.
Kasich on Monday said in a review of his first year in office that communities can't tax their way to prosperity, but that the people have spoken on curbing collective bargaining rights. The law was rejected 62 percent to 38 percent.
He said one of the lesson learned from the referendum is that officials need to build a case for making change.