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South Dakota Democrats circulate petition to raise minimum wage

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The South Dakota Democratic Party is circulating a petition to raise minimum wage in the state, to ultimately have voters decide in the 2014 general election.

The South Dakota Democratic Party issued a news release Wednesday stating it wants to raise minimum wage in the state from $7.25 per hour to $8.50 per hour. The petition being circulated needs 15,855 valid signatures, which is 5 percent of the number of voters in the last gubernatorial election. The petition is due before November 4, 2013 to be placed on the 2014 general election ballot.

In the news release, Democratic Party interim Executive Director Zach Crago said raising the state's minimum wage is a step towards building an economy that works for everyone and that working South Dakotans with honest wages would depend less on government assistance.

"South Dakotans know our economy is stronger when we reward honest work with honest wages. Our local businesses grow from customers with more money in their pockets to spend on things they need," Crago said in the news release.

The state's Democratic Party is teaming up with the South Dakota AFL-CIO and the South Dakota Teamsters for the petition. The joining organizations' heads pointed to South Dakota's hard work ethic and how it needs a stronger wage in order to grow the economy.

"Everyone wins when hard working people have a little more money to spend at local businesses that create jobs for our growing economy. We're excited to be part of this effort to make South Dakota a land of opportunity for all working families," Teamsters Local 120 representative Brad Jenkins said in the release.

To learn more about the SD Democratic Party's petition click here: sddp.org/minimumwage/

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