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State Voters OK Higher Minimum Wages, Block Other Labor Issues (1)

Nov. 7, 2018, 3:30 PMUpdated: Nov. 7, 2018, 4:35 PM

Voters in Arkansas and Missouri approved an increase to their state minimum wages over the next few years, while other labor-backed ballot initiatives had mixed results.

Issue 5 in Arkansas was approved Nov. 6 by a margin of 68 percent to 31 percent, according to state voting results. Proposition B in Missouri got the OK by 62 percent to 37 percent.

Arkansas’ measure will increase the current hourly wage floor from $8.50 to $11 by 2021. The wages will increase incrementally starting Jan. 1, 2019. Missourians will see an increase from the current $7.85 to $12 by Jan. 1, 2023....

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