With only a few weeks remaining before the critical midterm election on November 8, we again want to highlight some of the ballot questions that will be decided around the country, with this week’s focus on labor issues in general, and minimum wage hikes in particular. A ballot initiative in Nebraska would raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour in phases, reaching the $15 level by 2026. Initiative 433 would raise the current $9 hourly minimum by 67 percent over the course of the next three years and subsequently tether the $15 minimum wage to inflation. The minimum wage in Nevada is currently specified in the state constitution and slated to increase to $12 per hour in 2024 and subsequently adjusted for inflation annually. The current minimum is set at $9.50 for employees with employer-sponsored health benefits and $10.50 an hour for those without health benefits. Question 2 on the Nevada ballot asks voters to raise the minimum for all workers in the Silver State, regardless of worker benefits and at the same time eliminate the automatic annual inflation adjustment. The initiative would also allow the legislature to increase the minimum wage in the future beyond the constitutionally-mandated minimum. And as we’ve advised of this issue in the past, voters in Washington, DC will again be asked to eliminate the tipped wage in the Nation’s Capital. Initiative 82 would establish a minimum wage within the District of $16.10 an hour regardless of whether the employee receives tips or not. Voters in DC previously eliminated the lower minimum tipped wage, but the city council subsequently overturned it. Finally, and it doesn’t relate ballot questions, but the city of SeaTac in the state of Washington announced its minimum wage will increase to $19.06 per hour effective January 1, 2023 for all hospitality and transportation employees.