- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Minimum wage workers and their advocates scored huge victories Tuesday at the ballot box, with voters pushing through wage increases in three states, reported Market Watch.

Arkansas voters OK’d a minimum wage increase from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017; Nebraska’s minimum wage will increase from $7.25 to $8 by 2016 and Illinois will raise its minimum wage to $10 per hour.

Two other states also had minimum wage increases on the ballot. South Dakota voters were considering a minimum wage increase to $8.50 per hour and Alaska voters were considering an increase to $10 per hour. 

President Obama has been calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage — currently $7.25 per hour — but has not be able to secure congressional support. However, he passed an executive order earlier this year increasing the minimum wage for federal government contractors to $10.10 per hour.


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