Reprinted from The Daily Kos byon November 7, 2018.
Election Day 2018 was another good day for minimum wage increases. There were two statewide ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage, and both won. These were not blue states, either: 62 percent of Missouri voters said yes to a minimum wage of $12 an hour in 2023, up from $7.85 now, while 68 percent of Arkansas voters said yes to a minimum wage of $11 an hour in 2021, up from $8.50 now.
That will benefit a combined one million workers:
The increase in Arkansas will raise pay for an estimated 300,000 workers (about a quarter of the state’s wage-earning workforce). The Missouri increase will lift pay for 677,000 workers (also about a quarter of wage-earners in the state.) In both cases, the majority of workers who will get a raise are women, most work full time, and they come from families with modest incomes. Analyses of the measures estimate that the raise in Arkansas will put over $400 million into the pockets of low-wage workers there over the course of the increases. In Missouri, low-wage workers will receive nearly $870 million in additional wages over the course of the measure’s implementation. …