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News | Nov 29, 2016

HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE WINS IN A “LANDSLIDE”

The November 8 election resulted in big wins for low wage workers in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington.  In all four states, voters approved referenda to increase the minimum wage.  The minimum wage in Arizona, Colorado, and Maine will rise to $12.00 by 2020.  In Washington, it will rise to $13.50.

In Arizona, the minimum wage increase was supported by 58.9% of voters.  This is especially significant, since Arizona is a “Red” state that Donald Trump won by over 4%.  Similarly, in each of the other three states, the minimum wage increase received significantly more support than the winning Presidential candidate: Colorado – 54.7%; Maine – 55.5%; and Washington – 58.1%.

Such election outcomes demonstrate that Americans of all political stripes embrace the common sense notion that workers cannot survive on the current federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour.  Unlike our two presidential candidates, a higher minimum wage is something the whole country can rally around.

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