BILLINGS- On Jan. 1, Montana’s minimum wage will increase.
Gov. Steve Bullock says Montanans’ minimum wage will rise about 2.4 percent from the current $8.30 an hour to $8.50 an hour.
Bullock has previously said that Montana ranks among a handful of states where each year workers making minimum wage get to take home a little extra in their paychecks.
In 2006, Bullock led a ballot initiative approved by Montana voters to raise the minimum wage and require annual adjustments for inflation.
The Montana Department of Labor estimates that 8,200 Montana workers received hourly wages less than $8.50 per hour in 2018 and will receive higher wages due to the 2019 minimum wage increase.