With 200,000 signatures being delivered to Colorado’s Secretary of State today, four states are now poised to hold referendums to raise state minimum wages to at least $12 by 2020. Maine has led this national movement, with the first minimum wage initiative to qualify for the 2016 ballot.
The other states holding referendums are Colorado, Arizona and Washington. Cities across the country, including Minneapolis and Cleveland, will also be holding minimum wage increase referendums this November.
“We’re proud that Maine is helping to lead a national movement for fair wages, based on the simple idea that if you work hard, you should earn enough to live on,” said Mainers for Fair Wages campaign manager Amy Halsted. “We’re leading this charge for the thousands of Maine seniors who can’t afford to retire and the mothers who struggle to feed their kids on poverty wages. It’s long past time to raise the wage.”
Three additional referendum campaigns have already succeeded, with lawmakers in California, Oregon and Washington D.C. choosing to act on proposals for minimum wage increases to $13 an hour and higher without taking the issue to the ballot. State legislatures in New York and New Jersey have also passed $15 minimum wage increases this year.