Kansas will no longer have the lowest minimum wage in the country. The state will raise its hourly minimum wage from $2.65 to $7.25 starting Jan. 1. The wage increase affects companies with less than $500,000 a year in annual sales that are not involved in interstate commerce, such as food-service or home-care businesses. "We're dealing with is a lot of people making more than the state minimum but less than the federal minimum," said Secretary of Labor Jim Garner. But the NFIB says the increase will raise employers' costs and cause them to cut low-wage, entry-level jobs.

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