CHICAGO — Voters in six states - Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nevada and Ohio - will vote on ballot initiatives on Tuesday that would raise the minimum wage from $1 to $1.70 per hour above their current levels.
If the increases are approved, these states will join eight others that recently raised their minimums - including Pennsylvania, which voted this summer to boost the state's minimum wage by $2 to $7.15 beginning next year.
Opponents charge that higher wages would lead to decreases in job creation. Congress last raised the federal minimum wage in 1996 to $5.15.
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