- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell says he supports a ballot measure that would raise Alaska’s minimum wage by $2 an hour over two years.

The minimum wage is currently $7.75 an hour.

The question was raised during a gubernatorial debate in Juneau on Monday. Parnell’s main rival, independent candidate Bill Walker, said he also supports the initiative.

Both Parnell and Walker said they would vote no on a measure that would legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Parnell said people who smoke could be testing themselves out of jobs in workplaces that do drug tests. He also said marijuana takes people’s initiative “way down” and can be a gateway to other drugs.

Walker said he shared similar concerns. He also said the only thing he smokes is salmon.

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