02/23/15 - 11:28pm
JUNEAU — Alaska’s minimum wage will rise to $8.75 an hour Tuesday, giving a pay increase to thousands of workers.
Voters in November overwhelmingly approved raising the minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $8.75 per hour, effective Jan. 1. Because the state constitution calls for ballot measures to take effect 90 days after election results are certified, the raise doesn’t take effect until Tuesday.
A second increase, to $9.75 per hour, is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 under the initiative. The minimum wage is to be adjusted for inflation annually after that.