Minimum wage

unions, workers, right-to-work state, Arizona, voters
Sep 26, 2023

Labor unions, liberal groups hope to get voters to rethink ‘right to work’

A coalition of labor unions and liberal political groups is hoping to get Arizona voters to rethink a 77-year-old decision to make Arizona a "right to work'' state. The new initiative drive would repeal a constitutional amendment which spells out that no one can be denied the ability to have a job simply because he or she is not a member of a labor union.

minimum wage, fast food, Consumer Price Index
Sep 13, 2023

Minimum wage will rise in January, costs increasing

What would you buy for an extra $20 a week? A nice meal? A car mount for your phone? An extra four gallons of gasoline? That's the choice that will be facing Arizonans at or near the bottom of the pay scale in January when the state's minimum wage rises another 50 cents, to $14.35 an hour.

minimum wage, House, lawmakers, Livingston, Heap
Mar 29, 2023

Lawmakers defeat measure aimed at making cities pay for higher minimum wages

Two Republicans joined all Democrats on a House panel Wednesday to defeat a measure designed to make the cities of Tucson and Flagstaff pay for their higher minimum wages -- but not because the GOP lawmakers like the voter-approved boosts.

minimum wage, Flagstaff, Tucson, Rogers, Hobbs, tourism-related employers, tax credit, growth
Feb 6, 2023

Tax credit headline missed the forest through the trees

A recent article headline published in the Arizona Capitol Times unfairly mischaracterized SB1108 – Senator Wendy Rogers’ income tax credit bill for businesses located in municipalities like Flagstaff and Tucson with higher wage mandates than the state wage mandate. The headline purports those cities to whom the bill would apply stand to lose. We disagree. 

ballots, Mesnard, citizens, Senate Government Committee, constitutional provisions, voters, Republicans, GOP, Senate,
Feb 2, 2023

Republicans move to make it more challenging for citizens to make own laws

Republican legislators are moving to throw another roadblock in the path of people to make their own laws.

minimum wage, wage hike, raises, inflation, Mesnard, Rogers, Gowan, Burch, Senate committee, bill, Flagstaff
Jan 31, 2023

Bill would penalize cities with higher minimum wage than state

State lawmakers are moving to financially penalize cities that have a minimum wage higher than the rest of the state. And they are doing it in a way designed to get around restrictions that voters put on legislators in 2016 when they said cities can have their own base wages.

job growth, unemployment, Kaiser, Fernandez, jobless, Epstein, Senate
Nov 18, 2022

Arizona expected to add over 100,000 jobs, but home prices limiting growth

Arizona will have added more than 100,000 jobs by the end of the year, with 86,000 of them in metro Phoenix, economist Dennis L. Hoffman said at Wednesday’s 59th annual ASU/PNC Bank Economic Forecast Luncheon. Arizona continues to have a pro-growth economic setting with a competitive tax structure, but declining housing affordability, as well as inflation and interest rate hikes threaten to slow[...]

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Oct 31, 2022

Hard workers should be able to make a living

Costs are rising, and wages aren’t keeping up. We need immediate action to lower the prices of everyday basics and raise the minimum wage.

minimum wage, wage hike, raises, inflation, Mesnard, Rogers, Gowan, Burch, Senate committee, bill, Flagstaff
Sep 13, 2022

Workers at bottom of state’s wage scale will be entitled to pay hikes

Workers at the bottom of the Arizona wage scale are going to be legally entitled to a pay hike of $42 a week beginning in January.

Feb 21, 2022

GOP lawmakers target municipal minimum wage limits

Republican lawmakers are moving to let voters throughout the state override the decision of voters in some cities to set their own minimum wage.  Legislation awaiting House action this week asks voters in November to declare that the regulation of employee benefits, including wages “is of statewide concern.” HCR 2031 also would say that not […]

Oct 12, 2021

Court temporarily halts minimum wage penalty

Arizona can't take more than $1.1 million from Flagstaff as a financial penalty for the city having its own minimum wage, at least not now.

minimum wage, wage hike, raises, inflation, Mesnard, Rogers, Gowan, Burch, Senate committee, bill, Flagstaff
Oct 4, 2021

Attorneys argue over minimum wage penalty in court

A judge questioned attorneys for the state Monday on their claim that lawmakers have the authority to financially penalize local governments that impose their own minimum wages.