State Partners

The Fairness Project partners with organizations in states across the country to fight for a fair economy. Find our current partners below:


The Fairness Project achieved its first victory in April, when California became one of the first states to sign a $15/hr minimum wage into law. This success came just over a week after the initiative put forth by our partner, Lift Up California, qualified for the ballot, proving that well-organized, widely supported ballot initiatives can serve as a catalyst for legislative action.

Governor Brown specifically cited the ballot initiative as a force that drove lawmakers to an agreement on raising the wage. Because of our successful partnership with Lift Up California, the state will reach $15/hr by 2022, lifting over 5 million workers and their families out of poverty.

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Mainers for Fair Wages was a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the lives of for more than 180,000 Mainers making poverty wages through a citizen initiative to raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

Their initiative, Question 4, passed on Election Day, November 8, 2016 by a margin of 12 points (56%-44%).

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District of Columbia

Thanks to more than a year of organizing by the DC for $15 campaign, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council took action and raised the minimum wage in our nation’s capital to $15 an hour.

As a result, 127,000 D.C. workers will receive higher pay. The initiative was withdrawn after passage of the legislation on June 27, 2016.

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Colorado Families for a Fair Wage was a coalition of small business owners, community partners, working families, and faith organizations working together to help build a fair economy for all Coloradans. The coalition was working to increase the minimum wage to $12 by the year 2020.

Their initiative, Amendment 70, passed on Election Day, November 8, 2016 by a margin of 10 points (55%-45%).

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Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families was a coalition of community and business leaders from across the state of Arizona dedicated to gradually increasing the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 and ensuring that everyone can earn paid time off to care for themselves or a loved one when they get sick.

Their initiative, Proposition 206, passed on Election Day, November 8, 2016 by a margin of 20 points (60%-40%).

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Raise Up Washington was a coalition working on Initiative 1433, an initiative to raise the minimum wage to $13.50 over four years and pass paid sick leave for more than 1 million Washingtonians.

Initiative 1433 passed on Election Day, November 8, 2016 by a margin of 18 points (59%-41%).

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