Arizona

Tucson Minimum Wage (2021)

The Fairness Project worked with the Tucson Fight for $15 campaign to pass a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The ballot measure, Proposition 206,  was approved by voters on November 2, 2021 by a 63%-37% margin.

Minimum Wage and Paid Leave (2016)

The Fairness Project worked with Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families on a ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour for 779,000 Arizonans, and bring 40 hours of sick leave per year to employees of large companies, and 24 hours of sick leave per year to employees of small companies, affecting 934,000 Arizonans. After the wage hit $12 an hour in 2020, the measure calls for annual adjustments to keep pace with the cost of living. The Fair Wages & Healthy Families Act was voted into law November 8, 2016 by a margin of 59%-41%.

We’re truly grateful for the partnership and guidance we got from The Fairness Project. They provided polling, financial support, technical expertise, and more. They’re great partners, and we crossed the finish line on Election Day stronger because of their support”

C.J. Boyd, Campaign Manager, Tucson Fight for $15.

 

Arkansas

Minimum Wage (2018)

The Fairness Project supported the Arkansans for a Fair Wage campaign to pass a ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage in the state from $8.50 an hour in 2018 to $11 an hour in 2021. The measure, Issue 5, was approved by voters by a margin of 68%-32% and has raised wages for more than 300,000 people.

California

Minimum Wage (2016)

The Fairness Project worked with the Lift Up California coalition on a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for 6 million Californians. After the campaign collected the 365,880 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California legislature enacted the $15 per hour wage. Both Brown and legislative leaders said publicly that the new law was in direct response to the minimum wage initiative qualifying for the ballot. The wage has gradually increased from $10 an hour in 2016 to $15 an hour in 2022. The law also indexes the wage to inflation, up to 3.5% a year, in future years.

Colorado

Paid Family and Medical Leave (2020)

 In 2020, The Fairness Project worked with local partners to win the nation’s first ballot initiative to guarantee at least 12 weeks of paid family & medical leave, ensuring that more than 2.6 million Coloradans won’t be forced to choose between their income, bonding with a newborn, and the long term health and wellbeing of their families. Voters approved the measure on November 3, 2020 by a 58%-42% margin.

Predatory Payday Lending (2018)

The Fairness Project worked with Coloradans to Stop Predatory Payday Loans to protect borrowers by curbing abusive payday lending in Colorado in 2018. The ballot measure, Proposition 111, capped interest rates and other fees associated with payday and other short term loans. It was approved by voters by a margin of 77% to 23%.

Minimum Wage (2016)

The Fairness Project helped win a ballot measure, Amendment 70,  to raise the minimum wage from $8.31 per hour in 2016 to $12 per hour in 2020, delivering pay increases for nearly 500,000 Coloradan workers. Voters approved the measure by a margin of 55%-45%.

Idaho

Medicaid Expansion (2018)

The Fairness Project worked with local partners in Idaho to pass a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The measure will deliver health care for 90,000 Idahoans.

Maine

Minimum Wage (2016)

The Fairness Project worked with local partners on a ballot initiative to gradually increase the minimum wage from $7.50 in 2016 to $12 an hour in 2020 for 181,000 Mainers.

Medicaid Expansion (2017)

The Fairness Project worked with Mainers for Health Care in 2017 to pass a ballot measure expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making it the first state in the nation to approve Medicaid expansion through a ballot measure. Medicaid expansion has brought health care to more than 70,000 Mainers since its implementation in 2019.

Massachusetts

Minimum Wage (2018)

The Fairness Project worked with Raise Up Massachusetts and provided early contributions to help raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The ballot measure campaign, and its successful signature collection effort, led to the passage of legislation to enact the increase and enact paid family and medical leave. The minimum wage will gradually increase from $11 an hour in 2018 to $15 an hour by 2023.

Michigan

Paid Sick Leave (2018)

The Fairness Project worked with Michigan Time to Care on a ballot initiative to provide earned paid sick time to 2 million Michigan workers — ensuring all Michigan workers can take a day off to recover from illness or care for a sick child. The initiative also protects survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Once the ballot measure qualified with a sufficient number of signatures, the Michigan state legislature adopted the policy in September of 2018.

Missouri

Medicaid Expansion (2020)

In 2020, The Fairness Project worked with a broad coalition of grassroots groups, patient advocates, and health care providers to pass Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment expanding Medicaid to over 275,000 low-income Missourians. Voters approved the measure on August 4, 2020 by a margin of 53%-47%.

Minimum Wage (2018)

In 2018, The Fairness Project worked with local partners to pass a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage from $7.85 an hour in 2018 to $12 an hour in 2023 for 677,000 Missourians.

People who can’t afford to put food on the table or go see a doctor don’t have time to wait for politicians to solve our problems. We need real change, and we need it now. That’s why ballot initiatives are so important. They deliver results for families like mine.”

Deborah Drake
Teacher's Aide in St. Louis, MO

Nebraska

Predatory Payday Lending (2020)

In 2020, The Fairness Project and local partners soundly won a ballot initiative to curb predatory payday lending, capping interest rates and stopping the debt trap for seniors, veterans, communities of color, low-income residents and others targeted by the abusive practice.

Medicaid Expansion (2018)

In 2018, The Fairness Project led the Insure the Good Life campaign along with grassroots organizations and patient advocates to expand Medicaid to more than 90,000 Nebraskans. Voters approved the measure on November 6, 2018 by a margin of 54%-46%.

Our partnership with The Fairness Project is the reason 90,000 more Nebraskans have health care. It brought together grassroots support, national resources and expertise, and a top-notch campaign team. It’s a model that works, and it’s one that I’d like to see us use again to make even more progress.”

Nebraska State Sen. Adam Morfeld

Ohio

Cleveland Police Reform (2021)

In Cleveland, The Fairness Project partnered with Citizens for a Safer Cleveland to pass Issue 24, a charter amendment that ensures real accountability for police misconduct by providing Clevelanders with permanent and powerful civilian oversight on policing and community safety policies. Voters approved the measure on November 2, 2021 by a margin of 59%-41%.

The Fairness Project has been a great partner in our initiative for police accountability in Cleveland. They provided policy expertise, staffing, polling, and deep day-to-day strategic partnership with the coalition and staff. They helped us refine policy, qualify for the ballot, and stuck with us all the way through Election Day.

Molly Shack
co-Executive Director, Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Oklahoma

Medicaid Expansion (2020)

On June 30, 2020, Oklahomans voted yes on State Question 802, putting full Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma’s state constitution and out of reach from political meddling. As a result, 200,000 Oklahomans will have access to coverage and more than $1 billion of local tax dollars will come home every year, creating jobs and protecting rural hospitals.

South Dakota

Medicaid Expansion (2022)

Fairness Project is working with a broad coalition of local partners, including doctors, teachers, and farmers, to win Medicaid expansion at the ballot box in 2022 through the South Dakotans Decide Healthcare campaign. The ballot measure would deliver health care for over 40,000 people and bring hundreds of millions of dollars back into South Dakota to create jobs and protect rural hospitals.

No on Amendment C (2022)

Fairness Project funded and supported the campaign to defeat proposed Amendment C, which aimed to end majority rule by raising the win threshold for certain citizen-initiated ballot referendums to 60%. The South Dakotans for Fair Elections campaign was Fairness Project’s first tangible result as a part of its Ballot Measure Rescue Campaign efforts. Amendment C was voted down by 67.43% of voters in South Dakota on June 7, 2022.

The work done by Fairness Project over the past several months was critical in defeating Amendment C and protecting democracy in South Dakota...I’m incredibly grateful that Fairness Project was able to provide the strategic and financial support we needed to defend South Dakotans’ rights.

Sandra Waltman
Director of Communications and Government Relations, South Dakota Education Association

Texas

Austin Police Reform (2021)

In Austin, Fairness Project worked with the No Way on A coalition to defeat Proposition A, which would have forced the city of Austin to cut essential services to spend hundreds of millions more solely on the police department, with zero accountability.

San Antonio Paid Sick Leave (2018)

Fairness Project worked with local partners to qualify a paid sick leave ballot initiative in San Antonio. The initiative led to the passage of a city ordinance to provide earned paid sick time to more than 350,000 workers.

Fairness Project was not just a funder, they were committed advocates for reforming policing and making our society more just for everyone. We are grateful for their expertise and their help protecting the rights of everyday people in our community.”

Austin City Council Member Greg Casar

Utah

Medicaid Expansion (2018)

Fairness Project led the Utah Decides Healthcare campaign to expand Medicaid in Utah, successfully passing Proposition 3 that won health care for more than 150,000 Utahns. Voters approved the measure on November 6, 2018 by a margin of 53%-47%.

Washington

Minimum Wage and Paid Leave (2016)

Fairness Project worked with Raise Up Washington on a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage for workers age 18 and over from $9.47 an hour in 2016 to $13.50 an hour in 2020 for 1 million Washingtonians. The initiative also provides paid sick leave for 1 million workers. After 2020, the wage is adjusted to keep pace with the cost of living. Initiative 1433 was voted into law Nov. 8, 2016 by a margin of 58%-42%.

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