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STATES’ REPUBLICANS SCRAMBLE TO HALT MINIMUM WAGE INITIATIVES

May 20, 2016

Newsweek

May 19, 2016

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The tactics being employed by opponents of minimum wage increases are, to quote Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, getting “curiouser and curiouser!”

Faced with a likely statewide ballot measure that would raise Arizona’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020 and guarantee paid sick time for workers if passed by voters in November, opponents tried recently to place an alternative measure on the ballot by legislative fiat.  At the behest of the Arizona Restaurant Association, a group of Republican state legislators proposed a countermeasure that would raise the minimum wage to only $9.50 by 2020, change the formula for tipped workers so that they would get less of an increase and explicitly bar cities and counties from enacting higher local minimum wages.

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