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Flagstaff council rejects special minimum wage election

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The Flagstaff City Council has voted against holding a special election in May on an initiative to repeal a voter-approved minimum wage increase that has sharply divided the community.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported that after a citizen’s group gathered enough signatures to put a repeal initiative on the ballot, the City Council had the option to call a special election in May or to wait until the next general election in November 2018. The council voted on February 14 to wait for the next general election.

Last year, Flagstaff voters approved a new minimum wage, which will increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2021, with the first increase, a bump to $12 an hour, scheduled to go into effect on July 1.

The group Elevate Flagstaff petitioned to amend local law and keep the city’s minimum wage at the state minimum.

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