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SD Democratic Party looks to raise minimum wage rates

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Most people don't work on Labor Day, although Holly Perli isn't technically working, she's still out trying to raise awareness about the low minimum wage rate in South Dakota.

"We want to be here today with our new raise the wage campaign to show support for working South Dakotans," said Perli.

While Perli makes more than minimum wage, she still feels very strongly about the issue.

"It also is a strong economic booster for families and people in South Dakota, and it's a really important thing to initiate as soon as we can," said Perli.

That's why Monday, at the Labor Day parade in downtown Rapid City, she was getting people to sign her petition to increase minimum wage. 

"We're just getting started but we're excited about it, I've got petitions today and we encourage people to sign them," said Perli.

Gary Loudner does make minimum wage, he has even worked for less. Raising the wage rate for him is something that would hit a lot closer to home.  

"I've worked for below minimum wage this year," said Loudner. "I didn't think that was right and I didn't think that was fair, but what can you say? You have to do what you have to do."

Currently the minimum wage rate in South Dakota is $7.25 per hour. The south Dakota Democratic Party and it's partners want to increase that to $8.50 per hour.

"Raising the minimum wage can then raise wages for all people," said Perli

Something some South Dakotans agree should happen.

"I think they should raise the minimum wage to make it a more just wage, which would help out the less advantaged people in the country," said Mike Halter who had just signed the petition.

While the wage increase would only be a small increase, Perli and Loudner said it would help significantly.

"For working people who need our help I think it's the right thing and time to do it," said Perli.

"We've got a lot of people unemployed right now and we need to be supporting Americans right and left," said Loudner.

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