No boost in Washington minimum wage in 2010

OLYMPIA -- Small-business owners in Washington won't be required to give raises next year to workers making minimum wage.

The state minimum wage will continue to be $8.55 an hour in 2010 because the federal consumer price index didn't increase in the last 12 months. The index is used to adjust wages annually for inflation.

It's the first time Washington's minimum wage will not see a yearly increase since a 1998 voter initiative mandated an annual adjustment in the minimum wage.