As reported by Ohio's Department of Commerce's Division of Labor & Worker Safety, Ohio's minimum wage increased from $7.00 to $7.30 per hour effective on January 1st. Waiters and waitresses also receive an increase in their base pay from $3.50 to $3.65 per hour. An article from ohio.com explains the joy employees are feeling in contrast to the concerns of small businesses over the increases. Additional increases will come in July of 2009. These changes are being made pursuant to a Constitutional amendment (Issue 2) that Ohio voters passed in 2006 adding Article II, section 34a. Ohio's Minimum Wage laws are contained in Chapter 4111 of the Ohio Revised Code.