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.


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.