September 24, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – Five states will vote this November 8 on ballot initiatives related to their minimum wage: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington on proposals to raise it, and South Dakota on one to lower it.
The Washington measure would give the state the highest minimum in the nation, raising it from $9.47 an hour to $13.50 by 2020, and also require employers to let workers earn paid sick leave. Arizona, where the current minimum is $8.05, and Colorado, where it’s $8.31, will both decide on whether to bring it up to $12, also by 2020. Maine’s measure would increase the minimum from $7.50 to $9 next year, and then move it up to $12 in 2020. But in South Dakota, voters will decide whether to roll back the $8.50 minimum they approved in 2014, cutting it to $7.50. Read more