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Montgomery Co. [MD] votes to raise minimum wage

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By |January 17th, 2017|News Coverage|Comments Off on Montgomery Co. [MD] votes to raise minimum wage

Jacobin: A Starting Point The Success of Minimum-Wage Ballot Initiatives Shows the First Steps for Building a Left Platform Under Trump.

“But how do we make sense of these votes, in light of the Republican landslide? On the one hand, the minimum wage victories show us, once again, the disconnect between what voters want on the issues and what they vote for in candidates.

Polls have consistently shown for the last several decades that voters approve of higher minimum wages. (While there were notable problems with pre–Election Day presidential polling this year, it appears that the polls on these were more accurate: these measures were expected to win in all cases). At the same time, major candidates from both parties have rejected or sought to downplay the issue.”

 

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By |November 17th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on Jacobin: A Starting Point The Success of Minimum-Wage Ballot Initiatives Shows the First Steps for Building a Left Platform Under Trump.

Huffington Post: Raising The Minimum Wage Is A Really, Really Popular Idea

“Fifty-three percent of all Americans say that raising the minimum wage will help workers, while just a third see the idea as a negative.

Proposals to raise the minimum hourly wage to $10.10, $12 and $15 are all popular, but there’s more backing for a smaller wage hike. Sixty-six percent of Americans support a $10.10 federal minimum wage; 59 percent support $12 and 48 percent support $15.

Public support for a $15 minimum has remained roughly steady since last summer, although advocates have racked up legislative victories in New York and California, which both announced plans for a minimum wage hike.”

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By |November 17th, 2016|Press, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Huffington Post: Raising The Minimum Wage Is A Really, Really Popular Idea

2016 Election Results

In five states last night, the minimum wage was on the ballot. And in five states last night, the minimum wage won.

In Arizona, Colorado and Maine, voters approved measures that would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour. Each measure passed by at least 9% of the total vote. This will provide tens of thousands of hard-working Americans with the much needed raises that they need.

In Washington State, voters passed an initiative to raise the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour, which will help lift up workers in a state that has long seen rents rise and wages stay the same. The initiative passed with 59% of the vote

In South Dakota, voters defeated an initiative that would’ve set a lower minimum wage for workers under the age of 18 by an overwhelming 3:1 margin.

Last night’s results show that raising the minimum wage has broad-based bipartisan support, and should be a part of any economic agenda this January.

By |November 9th, 2016|News Coverage|Comments Off on 2016 Election Results

Homestretch: The fight to raise Colorado’s minimum wage. How we got here. What could happen. And what it means.

“Voters at polling centers across Colorado will soon be deciding on Amendment 70, a measure that would alter the state constitution to increase the minimum wage from the current $8.31 per hour by yearly 90-cent increments to $12 in 2020. In 2020, it will be fixed at $12, except for yearly adjustments to account for inflation. Amendment 70 would further mandate that those inflation-tied adjustments only apply when they mean an increase in wages. In the past, when inflation was negative, minimum wage workers saw a pay cut.”

 

More available at: http://www.coloradoindependent.com/162189/amendment-70-colorado-2

By |November 7th, 2016|News Coverage|Comments Off on Homestretch: The fight to raise Colorado’s minimum wage. How we got here. What could happen. And what it means.

Minimum Wage on the Ballot in 2016

With the inequality gap continuing to rise, and Congress refusing to address the issue, citizens across the United States are stepping in to fill in the gaps.

This November, the minimum wage will appear on the ballot in five states.

Arizona:

In Arizona, the ballot initiative proposes to increase the state minimum wage to $12 by 2020. While there was initially a legal challenge, it will be on the ballot in November. According to the non-partisan Grand Canyon Institute, the ballot proposition would provide a raise to 790,000 Arizonans, two-thirds of whom are over the age of 24, and forty percent of whom are working single mothers.

Colorado:

Colorado is also attempting to raise their minimum wage via ballot initiative this year. Similar to Arizona’s initiative, it will raise the minimum wage in Colorado to $12 an hour by 2020. This will provide a much needed raise for Coloradans who have experienced an economic boom that has increased rents by thirty-seven percent over the past decade.

Maine:

In Maine, local activists and community leaders have placed a measure on the ballot to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. It has been met with strong opposition by Maine’s outspoken governor, Paul LePage, who has called for organizers of the initiative to be charged with attempted murder because “They are deliberately and knowingly hurting Mainers.”

Washington:
In Washington State, the home to the first $15 minimum wage, there is a ballot measure to increase the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 an hour. This bill will also include a measure to make sure that the minimum wage rises with the rate of inflation each year, with an estimated minimum wage of $14.23 in 2022.

South Dakota:
Unlike the other four states with […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Resources|Comments Off on Minimum Wage on the Ballot in 2016