Voters in Alaska, Nebraska, Arkansas, and South Dakota this week voted to raise the minimum wage above the current federal level of $7.25 an hour. In Alaska, the minimum wage will go up from $7.75 to $9.97. Voters in Nebraska raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9. In Arkansas, the new minimum wage will increase from $6.25 to $8.50. Voters in South Dakota raised the wage from $7.25 to $8.50. The new wages in Alaska and South Dakota will be indexed to inflation. Illinois voters also supported a nonbinding minimum wage hike from $8.25 to $10.
Voters in San Francisco and Oakland voted to raise their minimum wage to $15 and $12.25 respectively, which are among the highest in the country.