BOISE -- An Idaho group pushing to boost the state's minimum wage to $9.80 an hour by 2017 says it's collected one-ninth of the necessary signatures to get the measure before voters in 2014.
However, Raise Idaho's Anne Nesse said Tuesday she's enlisted unions and advocacy organizations and hopes to accelerate signature gathering before the April 30 deadline.
By then, she'll need 53,751 registered voter signatures.
As Idaho considers a potential hike from its existing $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum, surrounding states are lifting their minimum wages starting Wednesday.
Washington, Oregon and Montana are among 14 states whose minimum wages go up Jan. 1.
Idaho has the most minimum-wage jobs, per capita.
Meanwhile, Idaho retailer and restaurant groups counter the market is already adequately setting wages.
They hope Nesse's initiative fails.