Raise the Minimum Wage

Initiated measure 18 raises the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour with annual cost of living increases while providing a long overdue raise for tipped employees. (Read the full text and Attorney General explanation of the initiated measure here.) Here’s why voters should say YES on Initiated Measure 18 on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014:

Raising the minimum wage means South Dakota is…

Valuing hard work. South Dakotans show up, work  hard, and never quit until the job is done. But for many hardworking families, the minimum wage isn’t keeping up with the rising cost of living.

Putting money in the pockets of hard working people who grow our economy. Workers with more money will spend it on the things their families need everyday. That generates new business and grows the economy. And a lot of those folks will depend less on government assistance too.

Promoting economic fairness. At a time when wages have stagnated and CEO pay is 273 times higher than the average American worker, South Dakotans want an economy that works for everyone.

Raising South Dakota’s minimum wage is going to make a huge difference for tens of thousands of South Dakotans. According to an analysis of the 2012 Current Population Survey,

  • 62,000 working South Dakotans will see an increase in earnings if we raise the wage.

  • 78% of those folks are over the age of 20, often with a family to support.

  • 55% of those who benefit are women.

This is important. So many working South Dakotans are counting on us. Even in the lowest cost of living county in America, Hanson county, South Dakota, residents say they cannot make ends meet with the current minimum wage. That’s why we need to raise the wage in South Dakota. But we can’t do it without your help.

South Dakotans support raising the minimum wage. We have to make sure our supporters know they can make a difference by voting YES on Initiated Measure 18 on November 4, 2014.  Will you be part of the effort?

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  • Adam McLean

    This is totally outstanding!

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  • DakotaMark

    I can spare a few bucks to support this project.

  • Douglas Scott

    It’s sad that by the end of 1974 fresh out of high school I was making $12.65 an hour base pay with good benefits and now in 2013 so many of the jobs around (Watertown SD) here minimum wage or a bit higher with little or no benefits. We also need to eliminate the loopholes that allow less than minimum wage, such as waiters and waitresses and others.

  • Mr. Molon Labe

    Minumum wage increase accounts for only 1% of inflation, Two minimum wage earners should be income tax free also