Treadwell certifies minimum wage initiative


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JUNEAU (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has certified an initiative that proposes to raise Alaska's minimum wage by two dollars an hour over two years.

That brings to three the number of initiatives that will appear on the August primary ballot. There also are proposals to legalize recreational use of marijuana for those at least 21 years of age and to require legislative approval for a large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation within the watershed of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. The marijuana initiative was certified last week and the Bristol Bay measure in December.

Lawmakers can pre-empt an initiative from appearing on the ballot by passing substantially similar legislation. The odds of that appear quite slim.

Voters in August also will be asked to decide a referendum on Alaska's oil tax structure.

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