NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Yorkers making minimum wage will have more to celebrate next week than just the new year.

The first of three increases to New York state’s minimum wage is set to go into effect at the end of 2013.

The state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved increases to minimum wage when they approved the state budget last March.

Minimum wage will be increased to $8 an hour, 75 cents higher than the federal minimum and the old state rate.  It will rise again at the end of 2014 to $8.75 an hour and again at the end of 2015 to $9 an hour.

Workers who receive tips in the restaurant and hospitality industry were not included in the minimum wage increase.  Those who receive tips may remain $5 an hour, with employers able to raise the maximum tip credits to $3 an hour the first year, $3.75 the second and $4 after that for service workers whose combined tips and wages meet or exceed the new higher minimums.

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