One of the results of the closely followed midterm elections on November 6 was the passage of minimum wage increases in two states that voted heavily for Donald Trump in 2016.More news: 'He died a hero:' Sheriff's sergeant dies in California bar mass shooting
In neighboring Arkansas, the current $8.50 an hour minimum wage will rise to $11 an hour by 2021.
Exit polls in Tuesday's election showed both Republican and Democratic voters believe the current federal $7.25 an hour minimum wage should be higher. They joined about 20 other states that have hiked their minimum wages in recent years. In that case, city leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City had passed ordinances to boost local baseline wages, but Missouri's Republican-led General Assembly issued a preemption law, which meant the cities had to obey the state law when it came to the minimum wage.More news: New Acting Attorney General is a GOP Loyalist from Iowa
"2 conservative leaning states approved a minimum wage increase last night - AR & MO", he wrote on Twitter. Under the measure, the minimum wage will rise gradually over that five year period. It landed on the ballot after progressive groups such as Raise Up Missouri collected more than 120,000 signatures in favor of the wage hike. The minimum wage in both cities reverted back to $7.70 per hour-the Missouri state minimum wage at that time. Opponents of the initiative claimed that a minimum wage increase usurps the federal government's right to set wages and would hurt small businesses and Missouri's job market. In Alaska, minimum wage employees will only see a 5-cent-an-hour increase in their wage.
Ankley has taken notice of this appreciation, saying "I'm a young women who's trying to make it on my own and so being able to have more than minimum wage makes me feel grateful for the company that i'm working for. because i know they have a higher value in me". The raise will lift wages for about 677,000 workers, according an analysis from the National Employment Law Project. The minimum wage listed for each state does not always apply to all workers.More news: France battles to save European Union digital tax proposal