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November 8, 2016, general election results bring more of the same.
Among several ballot initiatives, voters approved an increase in the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020 with 60 percent of the vote (I-1433), but also defeated a proposed carbon tax by 41% to 59% (I-732).
Governor Jay Inslee was re-elected with 56% of the vote. Democratic state Senator Cyrus Habib (D-Bellevue) also won with 56% of the vote. Attorney General Bob Ferguson was re-elected handily.
Thanks to the fantastic efforts of so many ABC members emailing and calling members of the Idaho House Business Committee, the ABC backed bill, HB 119 passed out of committee by a close vote of 9 to 7.