- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Marijuana isn’t the only ballot measure before Alaska voters Tuesday. Residents will also consider raising the minimum wage and restricting mining operations in the Bristol Bay region.

Ballot Measure Four would require legislative approval for a large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation near Bristol Bay.

Besides permits, the initiative requires a final authorization from the Legislature for any large-scale mining operation within the watershed of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. That would have to be a law finding the operation wouldn’t constitute a danger to the region’s world-class salmon fishery.

This could have implications for the massive proposed gold-and-copper project known as the Pebble Mine.

Ballot Measure Three seeks raise the minimum wage of $7.75 an hour by $2 an hour over two years and adjust it for inflation after that.



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