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Ballot Proposal Seeks To Raise Nevada Minimum Wage To $13

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) - Voters might be able to weigh in on gradually raising Nevada's minimum wage to $13.

A group called the Committee to Raise the Minimum Wage in Nevada filed a petition Monday seeking a ballot measure in 2016.

Nevada's minimum wage is $8.25 an hour, or $7.25 if an employer offers health insurance. The measure would bump the rate to $9.25 an hour in late 2018, then increase it by 75 cents each year until it reaches $13 in 2024.

It proposes that all subsequent minimum wage hikes in Nevada be tied to growth in the federal rate or to a cost-of-living index.

The measure also removes the lower minimum wage rate for employers who offer insurance.

Backers must gather more than 55,000 signatures to put the proposal on the ballot