Minimum Wage

The 2016 Ballot Questions are more than ballot clutter; they are compelling social and political conversations that give voters a voice on a variety of issues.

SDPB's political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to explain what your ballot will look like in November, highlighting various referred laws and Constitutional Amendments.

Dakota Digest July 29, 2016

Jul 29, 2016

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, South Dakota State Representative Paula Hawks discusses the Democratic National Convention. Also, Sex Trafficking is a big topic leading into the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Additionally, voters will once again vote on minimum wage in South Dakota this November.

South Dakota voters increased the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 last year.  Shortly after, the state legislature passed a bill to keep youth minimum wage at the original rate. A referendum petition has enough signatures to prevent the bill being enacted and put before a public vote.

Effort Started To Put Two SD Senate Bills On Ballot

Mar 30, 2015
Kealey Bultena

Two bills passed by the legislature this session could see a challenge from voters in 2016 if the efforts to put them on the statewide ballot succeed.

Opponents to Senate Bills 69 and 177 submitted their intent to circulate petitions to the Secretary of State.
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that the issues deal with the minimum wage for teenagers and independent candidates who want to run for office.

Minimum Wage Hike Debate Heats Up

Apr 21, 2014

In November South Dakota residents get to vote on the idea of raising the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour with a yearly increase tied to inflation thereafter.

The state legislature in Minnesota just bumped the minimum wage there to $9.50 per hour by 2016.  That wage will also increase annually.  

As the November election inches closer, the debate over raising the minimum wage is on in South Dakota.

Minimum Wage Conversation

Feb 21, 2014

Democratic lawmakers in Pierre are urging a minimum wage increase in the state of South Dakota. State Representative Susan Wismer says the current minimum wage is not enough for a person to live on. Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels doesn't think increasing the minimum wage helps people. He says it hurts employers, who could in turn hire fewer workers.

A Push For Vote On Minimum Wage

Sep 3, 2013

A coalition of groups is backing a referendum petition to raise the minimum wage in South Dakota.  The proposal calls for a raise from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour with annual cost of living increases.

Zach Crago is with the South Dakota Democratic Party.   He is among those organizing the petition drive.   Crago says South Dakotans have a fantastic work ethic, but one 40-hour-a-week job at minimum wage won’t pay the bills.