Voters in the four states that were considering minimum wage ballot initiatives this week approved all 4 measures on Tuesday.  The states of Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington each will see their minimum wages rise by varying amounts on different time schedules as a result of election day approvals.  Three of the four however (Arizona, Colorado & Maine) will increase to $12 per hour by the year 2020. Beginning in 2021, all four will tie subsequent minimum wages to inflation rates.  Arizona, which currently has a minimum of $8.05, will hike the wage to $10 in January, $10.50 in 2018, $11 by January 2019 and one year later, to $12.  Colorado will increase its current $8.31 an hour minimum on January 1 to $9.30, a 44% jump and then subsequently by $.90 each year until it reaches $12 in 2020. Up in New England, voters in the state of Maine by a 55-45 per cent margin voted to increase its minimum wage from the current $7.50 to $9 an hour in January then by an additional $1 in each of the next 3 years to $12 in 2020.  And out in the state of Washington, where the push for a $15 minimum wage began in Seattle several years ago, voters endorsed hiking the current minimum of $9.47 to $11 this January, then $11.50 in 2018, $12 the following year and finally to $13.50 an hour in 2020.  In each case, there are different provisions governing the wage for tipped workers. South Dakota tried to take the issue of minimum wage in a different direction with a ballot initiative that would have dropped the current minimum of $8.55 for workers under 18 years of age to $7.50 per hour.  Voters would have none of it however, as that initiative failed by a 71-29% margin!