As a small business owner, I am disappointed by business leaders’ recent calls to turn away from doing what’s right for our employees. On Nov. 8, Arizonans have an opportunity to vote on Proposition 206, the Arizona Healthy Working Families Initiative to raise the minimum wage and guarantee earned paid sick days.
For more than 35 years, I have consistently paid my employees at Catalina In-Home Services, Inc. with living wages. My business has prospered because of it, with lower turnover rates and higher productivity than many of my competitors. I know this model can work for Arizona – and a growing list of businesses around the state agree.
But it’s not just about the bottom line. Our state’s minimum wage is far too low for workers to support themselves and their families. Hundreds of thousands of families around the state need to make a daily choice between paying the bills and putting food on the table. Supporting Proposition 206, which would raise the state’s minimum wage gradually to $12 by 2020 and let workers earn up to five paid sick days per year, is simply the right thing to do. As a business owner, a neighbor, a mother, and a proud Arizonan, I urge us all to support this important measure.
Judy Clinco is a registered nurse and the Founder and CEO of Catalina In-Home Services, Inc., the first locally-owned home care service in Tucson.
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