Arizona along with 3 other states approve min wage

The lowest-paid hourly workers in four states won a boost in their minimum wage to at least $12-an-hour in Tuesday’s voting outcomes.

Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington approved increases in their states’ respective hourly pay rates to at least $12 by 2020, according to late election results compiled by the Associated Press and Ballotpedia, a non-partisan online encyclopedia of elections and politics.

Roughly 2 million workers in the four states will see their wages increase, according to the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy organization.

Separately, South Dakota voters rejected a law that would have reduced the state’s $8.55 per hour minimum wage to $7.50 for non-tipped employees under age 18.

The results further expand the pay gap with the 21 states where workers are covered by the $7.50-an-hour federal minimum wage, U.S. Department of Labor data shows. Those states collectively account for less than half the nation’s workforce.

In Arizona, the outcome means the state’s current $8.05-an-hour minimum wage will rise to $10 next year and gradually increase to $12 in 2020. Starting in 2021, the pay rate will be adjusted annually based on the state’s cost of living….


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