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No on South Dakota Referred Law 20: Create a Sub-Minimum Wage
South Dakotans voted overwhelmingly for a minimum wage increase in 2014—a vote that Referred Law 20 (RL 20) would undercut by creating a “youth sub-minimum wage” for workers under 17 years old.
RL 20 not only engages in a form of economic discrimination itself, it also opens the door to future age-based discrimination, including against the elderly. Legislators should not be able to overturn the will of the people by targeting vulnerable groups, like working teenagers who are unable to cast a ballot themselves. It is our responsibility to protect the next generations' rights and invest in their well-being.
At a time when middle-class wages have been stagnant for decades, we should be raising the minimum wage, not decreasing it.