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11/08/2004

MINIMUM WAGE MEASURES WIN

By huge majorities, voters in Florida and Nevada Nov. 2 approved measures to boost the state minimum wage to $6.15 an hour, a dollar more than the federal minimum. Union activists worked with ACORN in Florida to win 71 percent of the vote for a constitutional amendment boosting the minimum wage, which will be indexed to inflation. In Nevada, 68 percent of the voters approved a measure that would require businesses that don’t offer health insurance to workers and their families to raise their minimum wage. Voters must approve the measure again next year for it to take effect.

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