State Minimum Wage Proposals Could Spike Under Trump

By Vin Gurrieri (November 9, 2016, 9:36 PM EST) -- Lost in the midst of President-elect Donald Trump's astonishing electoral victory Tuesday night were a handful of state ballot initiatives that resoundingly increased minimum wages and expanded the availability of paid sick leave, a trend that experts say could be accelerated in the absence of federal action by the new Republican-led Congress.

Four states on Tuesday — Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington — voted heavily in favor of ballot measures that call for the gradual climb of the minimum wage, with the Arizona and Washington measures also containing provisions that allow workers to accrue paid sick leave. A fifth state, South...

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