While the 2016 election results were devastating to workers at the national level, there was better news for low-wage workers in five states. Proposals to raise the minimum wage were passed in four of them, while a bill to lower the minimum wage for teens in South Dakota was easily defeated.

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In general, the Consumer Price Index determines future increases beyond 2020.

South Dakota floated an initiative to lower the minimum wage for workers under 18, but it was rejected by over 70% of voters.

In addition, Arizona and Washington State passed initiatives to allow employees to earn sick days, joining a growing number of states, counties and cities, including Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, DC, Seattle & Tacoma, New York City, several New Jersey cities, Philadelphia, Chicago and Cook County. For a more complete list, not yet updated with the election results, try PaidSickDays.org.