By Aldo SvaldiThe Denver Post
The new year brings with it a decent bump in pay for about 74,000 Colorado workers earning the minimum wage.
Colorado's minimum wage increases 3.8 percent, or 28 cents, to $7.64 an hour effective today. That's the biggest increase since the state linked its minimum wage to inflation back in 2006.
For an employee making that wage full-time, the increase translates into an extra $582 a year.
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The Denver Post
Collapsing energy and transportation prices quenched inflation in the metro area in the first half of 2009, according to a report Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The consumer price index for Denver-Boulder-Greeley decreased 0.6 percent between the first half of 2008 and the first half of 2009.
Inflation ran at a hot 3.9 percent rate last year.