On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage will increase from $8.55 per hour to $8.65 per hour, according to a press release by the State of South Dakota. The Consumer Price Index reported a 1.06 percent increase in cost of living, which triggered the increase in the minimum wage. For tipped workers, the minimum wage will increase to $4.325 per hour.
A referred law on the ballot this November will have an impact on the minimum wage for workers under 18, however. If South Dakota voters approve the measure, the minimum wage for non-tipped workers under 18 will be lowered to $7.50 per hour. In 2014, South Dakotans voted for an across the board minimum wage increase. In the following 2015 legislative session, legislators lowered the minimum wage for workers under the age of 18 to the federal minimum wage. The measure passed by legislators in 2015 is the referred law on the ballot this year.
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