Looks like the federal minimum wage of $US7.25 an hour just isn’t cutting it in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
In all four of these states, a majority of voters voted yes on Tuesday to an initiative to raise the current minimum wage.
While Democrats have been fighting for an increase across the country, Republicans in Congress have historically opposed a higher minimum wage.
However, polls taken earlier this year in all four of these red-leaning states showed strong support for an increase.
Turns out the polls were right. NBC News provides a comprehensive breakdown of the voting results and how many workers it will affect.
Here’s just how much the initiatives will increase minimum wage per hour in each state:
- Alaska: from $US7.75 to $US9.75 by 2016
- Arkansas: from $US6.25 to $US8.50 by 2017
- Nebraska: from $US7.25 to $US9 by 2o16
- South Dakota: from $US7.25 to $US8.50 by 2015
The initiatives in Alaska and South Dakota will also use an inflation index, meaning that the wage floor will rise according to the cost of living.
These four states will now join many others in raising their minimum wage over the $US7.25 set by Congress.
Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota will bring the total to 29 states. That’s close to two-thirds of the country with a minimum wage higher than the federal level.