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SD Dems Plan Ballot Measure To Boost Minimum Wage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The South Dakota Democratic Party and some labor unions are seeking a statewide public vote on a measure that would raise the state's minimum wage.

If the labor unions and Democratic Party collect at least 15,855 valid petition signatures before November 4th, next year's general election ballot would include a proposed law that would raise the state minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour beginning in January 2015.

The measure also would raise the minimum wage each year to account for inflation.

The South Dakota Legislature has consistently resisted efforts to boost the state minimum wage above the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour.