Petitioners gather signatures to raise the minimum wage in SD - KOTA Territory News

Petitioners gather signatures to raise the minimum wage in SD

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They say it's not a livable wage.  Petitioners want South Dakota's minimum wage of $7.25 to be raised to $8.50.      

Petitioners started gathering signatures on Labor Day and now they are about halfway to their goal. They are stationed at high traffic areas like the courthouse and post office. They want to gather enough signatures so the issue can be put to a vote on next year's ballot.

Petitioners say the minimum wage is not enough and it would be hard to live off of.    

"The argument that counters that is sometimes that we have a very low cost of living as well. But we think it's only fair to pay hard working people a more fair wage," said Holly Perli, of the Pennington County Democratic Party.

In order for the issue to be on next year's ballot, they'll need 16,000 signatures by November 4th. But petitioners say they would like to get 25,000 so they have a nice cushion.

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