South Dakota Democrats are a month into their efforts to gather enough signatures to raise the state's minimum wage.
When the announcement was made during a luncheon on Labor Day that the party would be collecting signatures, they were aiming for 16,000 to force the issue at the State Capitol.
In their announcement on September 2nd, Democrat party leaders spoke out on the importance of raising the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50, a move that would, in their estimation, give workers another $2,600 in their yearly income.
As of right now, the party says they are well on their way to reaching their goal of 16,000 signatures and could even double that number by the time the campaign is done.
"We get stories every day from people. Last week, I had a woman who was crying when she signed the petition because it really is going to affect her. She struggles to make ends meet. She has a disability and she has to work at minimum wage 40 to 50 hours a week and still can pay the bills." Ryan Rolfs, Field Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party said.
One thing Rolfs did point out is that even though there are people who oppose their efforts, they are doing so politely and without any discouraging push back.