Initiative filed to increase the minimum wage

An initiative was filed Monday in Nevada to increase the minimum wage via the Constitution, eventually to $13 an hour by 2024.

The filing, from some (but hardly all) labor groups and progressives, is designed to erase a current constitutional provision that bifurcates the minimum wage, allowing employers who provide health insurance (including garbage coverage) to pay only $7.25 and others to pay $8.25.

The wage would go to $9.25 if it were to pass twice, as required, and then go up 75 cents a year until Jan. 1, 2024.

Democrats hope the initiative, should it qualify, will help boost turnout and help the ticket, top to bottom.

151123 Nevada Minimum Wage Increase Initiative by Jon Ralston