(KTEN) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has declined to hear further arguments regarding the constitutionality of State Question 832, a ballot initiative that — if approved by voters — would raise the minimum wage in the state.

Oklahoma's minimum hourly wage is currently $7.25 an hour.  If passed, the measure would increase the rate to $9 by 2025, gradually increasing by $1.50 each year until 2030; after that, the wage would be based on federal cost of living statistics. 

“I do still think it would be unfair to agriculture and put us more in a bind than we already are,"  said Bob Drake, president of the Murray County Farm Bureau. "The impact will be felt later on; it won’t be immediately, or felt with the first raises... it will be felt at a later date and in later years.”

The Oklahoma State Chamber and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau joined forces with concerns about the constitutionality and overall impact of the proposed question. 

“We do not need federal bureaucracy setting the minimum wage in Oklahoma," said State Chamber CEO Chad Warmington. "If we’re going to do it, we need to get that done in the legislature and make it make sense for Oklahomans.”

However, advocates pushing for a minimum wage increase say it is long overdue.

“When the cost of gas, groceries, and housing keeps going up, we think that wages should also keep up," said Amber England, a spokesperson for Raise the Wage Oklahoma, an organization that's spearheading the petition drive. "Those folks who work hard for a living should be able to keep up with the cost of inflation.”

Now that the state Supreme Court has cleared a legal hurdle for State Question 832, it is one step closer to appearing on voter ballots. 

“We will await official word from the Secretary of State's office to begin our signature-gathering process," said England. "Once we get that official word, and when that start date happens, we will have 90 days to collect over 92,000 signatures from registered Oklahoma voters.”