Alaska Minimum Wage Initiative Moves Forward

POSTED: 11:14 AM AKDT Sep 03, 2013    UPDATED: 10:14 AM AKDT Sep 03, 2013 
Alaska Minimum Wage Initiative Moves Forward
JUNEAU, Alaska -

Sponsors of a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Alaska have collected more than a third of the signatures required.

The Juneau Empire says the petition organizers have collected at least 12,000 signatures.

Sponsors have until next June to gather 31,169 signatures required to qualify the measure for the ballot. But they want to deliver the signatures by January so the initiative will appear on the 2014 ballot.

The measure is sponsored by former Alaska Labor Commissioners Ed Flanagan, Tom Cashen and Jim Sampson.

The initiative would increase Alaska's minimum wage from $7.75 an hour to $8.75 as of Jan. 1, 2015, then $9.75 as of Jan. 1, 2016. After that, it would be adjusted for inflation but always be $1 higher than the federal minimum wage.