SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A measure to raise the state minimum wage will be on the 2014 general election ballot as Initiated Measure 18.
Secretary of State Jason Gant says that based on a validation of a sample of signatures, the group sponsoring the measure submitted nearly 21,000 valid signatures. That’s well over the 15,855 needed.
The measure, which is supported by South Dakota Democrats and labor unions, would raise the minimum wage from the current federally set $7.25 to $8.50 an hour and increase the $2.13 hourly tip wage to half the minimum wage. It would also tie future increases to the cost of living.
Supporters say about 62,000 South Dakotans would get a raise if it passes.
Opponents worry about the cost to businesses.