The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, a rate set in 2009. The minimum wage varies by state; where the federal and state governments set different minimum rates, the higher wage applies.
Ballot Measure No. 3 calls for the increase of Alaska’s minimum wage from $7.75 to $8.75 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015, and then to $9.75 on Jan. 1, 2016.
Ballot Measure No. 5 would bring Arkansas’ minimum wage above the federal level. It calls for an increase from the current $6.25 to $7.50 on Jan. 1, 2015, and then to $8.00 in 2016 and $8.50 on Jan. 1, 2017.
Ballot Measure No. 425 would lift Nebraska’s minimum wage from the federal level to $8.00 on Jan. 1, 2015, and to $9.00 a year later.
Ballot Measure No. 18 would increase the state's minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $8.50 on Jan. 1, 2015. The bill also calls for the rate to be adjusted annually to reflect inflation. Additionally, the measure would set the minimum rate for tipped employees at half the minimum wage, raising their hourly pay from $2.13 to $4.25.
House Bill 3814, unlike referendums in the states above, is nonbinding. The bill asks voters if the minimum wage for people 18 or older should be increased to $10 per hour. The current minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 per hour. If voters approve, lawmakers would stand as advised to implement the vote into law.