As Kohrman Jackson & Krantz's blog indicates, the federal minimum wage increased law Fridayon July 24, 2009 to $7.25 per hour. However, it is still $.05 less than Ohio's minimum wage, which increased to $7.30 on January 1st of this year pursuant to section 34a of the Ohio Constitution. That difference means Ohio's higher rate controls. Barring federal increases, the spread will get larger every January when Ohio's rate increases on an annualized basis. According to the blog, Ohio is 1 of 14 states where the state minimum exceeds the federal standard.