In the midterm elections last month, when we saw successful votes to increase the minimum wage in four states (Alaska, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska).
- Nebraskans voted on a measure to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $8/hour in 2015 and $9/hour in 2016.
- In Alaska, voters approved raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.75/hour to $8.75/hour for 2015 and then to $9.75/hour for 2016. The bill would also index the minimum wage to ensure that it kept up with future increases in the cost of living.
- On November 4, Arkansas votedto increase the state’s minimum wage to $7.50/hour in 2015, to $8.00/hour in 2016, and to $8.50/hour in 2017.
- Additionally, in South Dakota,voters supported a measure to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $8.50/hour.
It is exciting that all of these measures were approved and the Reform Movement applauded these efforts at the state level. Read more…