• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
41s

Backers of minimum wage hike submit signatures

By Associated Press 3:34 PM January 17, 2014

Unions are supporting the effort

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Supporters of an effort to raise the state’s minimum wage turned in signatures with hopes of getting the issue on the August ballot.

Vince Beltrami, with the Alaska AFL-CIO, wheeled in five boxes with more than 43,000 signatures to Division of Elections in Anchorage Friday.

Just over 30,000 qualified signatures are needed.

Unions are supporting the effort.

The current minimum wage is $7.75 an hour in Alaska. The proposal would raise that to $8.75 on Jan. 1, 2015, and to $9.75 a year later. The wage would be adjusted annually for inflation annually after that. If the resulting minimum wage is less than a dollar over the federal minimum wage, it would then be set at $1 an hour over the federal minimum wage.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Latest Stories

  • DayBreak

    National Geographic photographer to speak in Anchorage

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 03, 8:52

    One of the first women photographers at National Geographic, Annie Griffiths, is speaking in part of the Anchorage Museum’s National Geographic live speaker series Tuesday night. She says the key to capturing a great photograph is to get closer. “I tell young photographers to really try to get content into their images,” Griffiths said. “Make […]

  • Weather

    Daybreak weather, March 3

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 03, 8:39

    Southcentral Skies will be mostly cloudy with rain showers over the Prince William Sound and eastern Kenai Peninsula. Southeast Clouds will be on the increase with a chance of some rain late in the day. Interior It will be milder with cloudy skies. North Slope It will be cloudy with light snow and wind. West […]

  • News

    Home builders say over-regulation in Anchorage is slowing growth

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 03, 8:31

    City planning officials say Anchorage is not on track to meet the housing demand over the coming decades. “Looking at the building permits issued in 2013 and 2014 they are not meeting the benchmarks,” said Jerry Weaver, director of Community Development with the municipality. A report prepared for the municipality in 2012 says Anchorage needs 18,000 […]

  • News

    Vehicle fire closes Glenn Highway at Knik River Bridge

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 7:55

    The Glenn Highway at the Knik River Bridge was closed in both directions Tuesday morning as authorities responded to a vehicle fire with no injuries. An alert sent out by the Anchorage Police Department at 7:35 a.m. said firefighters were on their way to the scene. Another alert sent out around 8 a.m. said that […]

  • Sports

    Aces drop one on the road

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 03, 7:02

    The Alaska Aces lost in Bakersfield, 5-4, in a shootout Monday night. The Aces blew a 3-1 lead in the third period to the Condors and then were outscored in the shootout. The Aces will play Tuesday in Ontario against the Reign. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Alaska time.

  • News

    Forrest Dunbar off to Juneau, will join effort to improve Alaska National Guard

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 02, 22:50

    Alaskans may remember Forrest Dunbar from his catchy campaign slogan, “Run, Forrest, Run.” The former Democratic candidate for Congress now has a new job. He will join the team of leaders selected to create change in the Alaska National Guard. Dunbar posted on his Facebook page that in the wake of a sexual assault scandal within […]

  • News

    Federal agency seeks comment on offshore Arctic drilling risks, rewards

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 02, 22:28

    The federal government said no to energy development on millions of acres in Alaska. But the fate of the outer continental shelf – the submerged lands lying seaward of state waters — has been, for the most part, unexplored for oil. Consumer Energy Alliance Alaska is one of several energy advocate groups that wants to change […]

  • News

    This week at the Anchorage School Board, March 2

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 02, 21:31

    At the March 2 Anchorage School Board meeting, the Anchorage School District updated the board on Visit Our Schools month, which was held in February. Nearly 2,200 families visited 33 schools across the district. That number is up from 1,607 visitors in 2014, when the event was first held. The event featured weekly tours for parents throughout […]