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Oklahoma minimum wage campaign reports surpassing signature goal

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A campaign to raise the pay of Oklahoma’s lowest-paid workers is moving closer to the November ballot.

Organizers claim they have collected twice the necessary signatures for State Question 832, which proposes the first increase in the minimum wage in nearly fifteen years.

The initiative aims to gradually raise pay in response to increasing living costs.

Amber England, an organizer, acknowledges the campaign's success but criticizes lawmakers for complicating the initiative process.

“They’re making it increasingly difficult, and Oklahomans should be concerned about the legislature’s actions regarding the ballot measure process. It has become significantly more challenging.”

This year the legislature passed HB 1105, imposing new deadlines and mandatory costs that complicate launching ballot measures.

The minimum wage campaign must submit signatures from Oklahomans by Monday. A total of 92,000 signatures are needed for this ballot initiative.

Jolie is an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, D.C., studying peace and conflict resolution in international affairs. She is deeply passionate about the role of local media in fostering community engagement and is excited to contribute to and learn from Public Radio Tulsa. She's part of the George Kaiser Community Foundation’s Summer Impact Internship program.