SD Democrats launch effort to raise minimum wage - KOTA Territory News

SD Democrats launch effort to raise minimum wage

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Some Democrats in South Dakota want to reward hard working people in the state by increasing minimum wage, and if they have it their way that change will happen soon.

People in the service sector working minimum wage jobs, like lifeguard Kaleah Evans, currently get paid 7.25 an hour.

"I think it would be cool to make more money for what I do,like working the same hours for more money,"said Evans.

Being in high school Evans doesn't have to support a family or pay bills but many South Dakotans do and she thinks higher wages would be better for them. 

"It doesn't really affect me but someone who needs to be making money, I think it would affect them a lot."

Owner of Dakota Thyme, Julie Smoragiewicz, agrees.

"There are a lot of people who do struggle from a day to day basis so if those wages can increase it can make them a little healthier and their families healthier too,"said Smoragiewicz.

South Dakota Democrats want to raise the current minimum wage up to 8.50 per hour. Which will be good for workers but could have some negative effects on business owners.

"There will be good things that come from it but a lot of the business owners are going to have to take a close look because it could affect prices and what not,"said Smoragiewicz.

In the end Smoragiewicz says it will be better off because workers will be happier and work harder.

 "If people are making a little more they will be happier and work a lot harder,"said Smoragiewicz.

Voters will have an opportunity to decide the outcome of the initiated measure during the 2014 general election.

State law requires any group filing an initiated measure to submit 15,855 valid signatures before November 4th.

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