Backers of two initiatives say they have enough signatures

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Groups pushing ballot initiatives to move the Legislature and raise the minimum wage say they've got enough signatures to get their ideas before voters next November.

Petitions to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough hold 35,000 signatures, about 6,000 more than needed, according to Karen Bretz of the group called Alaskans for Efficient Government.

''We want to make sure that we have enough valid signatures, so we are shooting for 40,000,'' Bretz said in a statement. The deadline is Jan. 14.

The Alaska AFL-CIO has been pushing the other measure, which would mandate an increase in the minimum wage from the current $5.65 hourly to $7.15. The group plans to deliver petitions with nearly 50,000 signatures to the Division of Elections on Thursday, Mano Frey of the labor group said in a statement.

Both petitions need 28,783 valid signatures to get on the ballot.

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