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Initiative Campaign Launches To Raise Idaho’s Minimum Wage

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

A voter initiative campaign has launched in North Idaho to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.80.

The Spokesman-Review reports the wage would phase up over the next four years if the ballot initiative is successful.

Idaho has the largest percentage of minimum wage workers in the country. Plus, there are more minimum wage workers here, in raw numbers, than in 18 other states.

The group, Raise Idaho, needs to collect 84,000 signatures to qualify for the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot.


  • qcubed

    Here’s the upside to paying people wages that actually allow them to live:
    Less reliance on those “entitlement” programs you’re always bitching about,
    The ability to pay for their own medical insurance and treatments…thereby negating the effect of that evil “socialist program” Obamacare that you are always bitching about,
    More tax revenue coming in from people who actually make enough now to BE taxed…which you’re always bitching about,
    Increased spending from the middle and lower class, which stimulates the economy and produces growth, something that NONE of you seem to get.
    But whatever, keep paying slave wages and don’t be surprised when the uprising sweeps over you and leaves your lifeless corpse in its wake.

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