Election Night 2014 Minimum Wage Results

Voters in U.S. State and Cities decided minimum wage ballots across the nation.

The November 4, 2014 mid-term elections were busy for minimum wage watchers. Four States and three Cities included minimum wage ballot measures for voters to decide on, and all but one of them passed.

State Minimum Wages on 2014 Ballot

Voters overwhelmingly approved increases in minimum wage rates in all four of the States with minimum wage increases on the ballot – and these are in States where Republicans won U.S. Senate races. (Click State Name to Read More)

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Alaska

The Alaska Minimum Wage Increase (Ballot Measure 3) was approved by 68 percent of voters. Alaska’s minimum wage will increase in stages to $9.75 in 2016. After that, the rate will be adjusted for inflation or at least $1 higher than the federal minimum wage, whichever amount is greater.

2014: $7.75

2015: $8.75

2016: $9.75

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Arkansas

The Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative (Issue 5) was approved by 65 percent of voters. Arkansas’ minimum wage will increase in phases to $8.50 per hour in 2017.

2014: $6.25

2015: $7.50

2016: $8.00

2017: $8.50

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Nebraska

The Nebraska Minimum Wage Increase (Initiative 425) was approved by 59 percent of voters. Nebraska’s minimum wage will increase in phases to $9 by 2016.

2014: $7.25

2015: $8.00

2016: $9.00

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South Dakota

The South Dakota Increased Minimum Wage (Measure 18) was approved by 54 percent of voters. South Dakota’s minimum wage will increase to $8.50 in 2015, with cost-of-living increases thereafter.

2014: $7.25

2015: $8.50

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City Minimum Wages on 2014 Ballot

Three Cities in California try for minimum wage increases and two succeed. (Click City Name to Read More)
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Eureka, California

The Eureka Minimum Wage Ordinance Initiative (Measure R) failed with only 38 percent of the voters supporting the measure. Measure R would have increased the minimum wage to $12 per hour, with the exception of small businesses employing 25 or fewer workers.
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Oakland, California

The Oakland Minimum Wage Increase Initiative ballot question was approved by 81 percent. It establishes a citywide minimum wage rate of $12.25 with annual increases for inflation. Additionally, the municipal code will require employers to offer at least five days of sick leave to all employees, with larger businesses required to provide nine days of sick leave.
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San Francisco, California

A City of San Francisco Minimum Wage Increase Referred Measure (Proposition J) was approved by 76 percent of voters. The San Francisco minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour in 2018.

2014: $10.74

2015

  • $11.05 (Jan. 1, 2015)
  • $12.25 (May 1, 2015)

2016: $13.00 (July 2016)

2017: $14.00 (July 2017)

2018: $15.00 (July 2018)
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