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.