USA Minimum-wage hikes sweep to victory: What does that mean for US workers? (+video)

After voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota passed hikes by wide margins, more than half of states will have a minimum wage higher than the federal one of $7.25 an hour.

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Even in a year when voters went heavily Republican in their selection of elected officials, voters in four generally conservative states opted to support one of President Obama’s top economic priorities: higher pay levels for workers at the bottom rung of the wage ladder.