Minimum Wage Hike in Six States
Nov. 9, 2006 -- Ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage won in every state where they were on the ballot in Tuesday's election.
State wage increases won by 76 percent in Missouri, 73 percent in Montana, 69 percent in Nevada, 66 percent in Arizona, 56 percent in Ohio and 53 percent in Colorado, according to totals from Let Justice Roll, a non-profit advocacy group that supports raising the minimum wages.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is expected to take over as speaker of the House, has called raising the federal minimum wage a top priority. The federal minimum wage has been fixed at $5.15 since 1997.