The Democratic Party is looking to raise the minimum wage in South Dakota from 7.25 to 8.50, which according to the party, would affect 62,000 people in the state that fit in that wage bracket.
A big goal of the petition drive is to remove what the Democrats believe is economic disparity in the state, where the lower level of wages stay the same while the upper level of wages continue to rise. Ryan Rolfs, Field Director for the South Dakota Democratic Party, is confident that the petition will pass to put it up for a public vote in November of next year.
“I feel very good. We've seen good numbers across the state as far as support and just signing this, but also our internal and other people that have been polled on this issue have shown that there is quite a bit of support,” Rolfs said.
Rolfs also says the Democratic Party has heard from a lot of businesses around the area ready to implement the higher wages.