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Ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, San Francisco and Oakland, California, swept to victory on Election Day 2014 yesterday by substantial margins. An estimated 609,000 low-wage workers will see their hourly pay rise next year as a result.

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Push is On in More Cities to Raise Local Minimum Wages

On the heels of significant local ballot victories which raised the minimum wage in San Francisco and Oakland, California, more cities across the U.S. are taking up measures to boost local minimum wages.

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On Election Day, Big Winner Could Be Minimum Wage Hikes

Ballot measures to raise state or local minimum wage rates could be big winners on Election Day, November 4. In Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota voters will cast ballots on binding statewide initiatives to raise their state minimum wages. Illinois voters will weigh in on a ballot question asking whether the legislature should raise that state’s minimum wage. Voters in San Francisco and Oakland, California, will cast ballots on raising citywide minimum wages – to $15 by 2018 and to $12.25 by 2015 respectively. And Wisconsin voters in nine counties and four cities will decide non-binding ballot initiatives to raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Despite polls showing overwhelming support nationally for raising the federal minimum wage from its current poverty-level $7.25 per hour to at least $10.10, efforts to do so this year were blocked in Congress. That’s one reason that grassroots efforts to raise minimum wages have caught on through ballot initiatives at the state and local levels.

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NJ Governor Christie: “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is clearly annoyed that the movement to raise the minimum wage is gaining ground across the country. In a speech this week to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce group in Washington, Christie said bluntly: “I gotta tell you the truth: I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am.”

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Public Pressure Building, Chicago Mayor Says City Will Enact Mininum Wage Increase “This Winter”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this week that Chicago would enact a citywide minimum wage increase “this winter,” but told an editorial board he would not support a proposed $15 per hour rate. Under the mayor’s plan, the minimum wage would be raised in steps over the next four years to hit $13 per hour by June 1, 2018, and then be indexed to rise with inflation beginning in 2019.

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Push Toward $15 Wage Floor Gains Momentum in America’s Two Largest Cities

In the last two weeks, elected officials in New York City and Los Angeles have taken critical steps to raise minimum wages in their cities, with both setting a course toward a $15 an hour wage floor.

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Ballot Initiatives Put Minimum Wage Increases to Voters in Four States, Two Major Cities

This November, voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota will cast ballots on referenda to raise their states’ minimum wages. Local minimum wage increases will also be on the ballots in San Francisco and Oakland, California. In Illinois, voters will be asked their view on raising the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour in a non-binding, advisory referendum. More than 400,000 low-wage workers would see pay increases in the four states where voters will decide directly on raising their minimum wage, according to estimates by the Economic Policy Institute.

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