For nearly a full year, ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage have been organizing voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington and building the case for voters to support reasonable wage increases that support working families. As the election winds down these campaigns are making their final arguments to motivate voters — particularly low-income voters —to head to the ballot box.
I’m blown away by these moving stories. These ads show why voters are finding minimum wage initiatives, and in Arizona and Washington, guaranteed paid sick leave, strong motivation to turn out this November. And the early numbers are looking good.
1. More than 80 percent of working single parents who would benefit from a raise are women like Melissa. Amendment 70 in Colorado can deliver that raise.
2. One-third of parents can’t take sick days to care for their children without the risk of losing their jobs or pay. Initiative 1433 in Washington and Proposition 206 in Arizona guarantee paid sick leave to fight this trend.
3. Poverty wages are forced on too many home health care workers and EMTs, and they struggle to make ends meet.
4. In Maine, one out of three seniors would benefit if Question 4 passes. Kathy is one of the thousands.
5. In Colorado no one working full time, minimum wage can survive off of the $300 a week they earn.
6. Businesses support raising the minimum wage. This includes Don Orange in Washington who supports Initiative 1433 because he knows better wages will be better for his business.
7. Raises benefits local economies. Molly Moon’s supports Initiative 1433 because not only does it ensure that money is circulating in the local economy, but it helps her small business grow.
8. Successful businesses don’t have to rely on poverty wages. Edwin Zoe runs a restaurant in Colorado where he treats his employees like family.
9. It’s how business owners who are living the dream share it with their workers.
10. It’s the right thing to do.
These four campaigns aren’t working to elect Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. They’re part of the movement to stop waiting for lawmakers to act — now they’re taking the power into their hands at the polling booth.