Minimum Wage Initiative Debate
Alaska voters have the opportunity to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ on a higher minimum wage this November. Ballot Measure 3 would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $9.75 over the next two years, and then adjust the minimum wage for inflation each year after 2016. What are the potential effects to Alaska’s economy? Is this a win for businesses and for workers, or does one side benefit at the other’s expense? Hear the minimum wage initiative debated at a public forum hosted by Alaska Common Ground.
For more information on the minimum wage initiative, visit the Alaska Division of Elections’ website for a rundown.
- Kyle Hampton, UAA economist
- Ed Flanagan, chair, Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage, former Alaska Commissioner of Labor
- Taylor Brelsford, moderator, former board member of Alaska Common Ground
Each panelist used a PowerPoint presentation for debate. See each presentation here:
BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)
REPEAT BROADCAST: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)
RECORDED: July 30, 2014, at the Wilda Marston Theatre
HOST: Alaska Common Ground
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