Dems Back State Plans to Increase Minimum Wage Democrats are using Republican strategies to rally voters around minimum wage. They are supporting state ballot initiatives that are trying to increase the minimum wage.

Dems Back State Plans to Increase Minimum Wage

Dems Back State Plans to Increase Minimum Wage

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A look at which states are considering minimum wage initiatives this year. Center for American Progress hide caption

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Center for American Progress

A look at which states are considering minimum wage initiatives this year.

Center for American Progress

Republicans have used hot-button social issues like gay marriage for years as a tool to help energize turnout; some contend that the same-sex marriage issue on the Ohio 2004 ballot helped re-elect President Bush. Now Democrats are trying to take a page out of the GOP playbook by backing state ballot initiatives calling for a boost in the minimum wage.