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Dec 28, 2012 9:04 PM by Cristy Aranguiz - KPAX News

Minimum wage increases in January

MISSOULA - In just four days, those making minimum wage will see an increase in their paychecks, a 15-cent increase to $7.80 an hour.

One Missoula man worked for McDonalds for two years.

He quit and started attending the University of Montana, and says working for minimum wage helped him decide he definitely wanted to go to college and to strive for better employment and better wages.

"I think it was motivating in that, I knew that was something I didn't want to do for the rest of my life," said Brandon Simpson, "And so that was probably one of the biggest driving factors for me to decide to go to college."

About 22,000 Montanans earn minimum wage.

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