West growers group opposes minimum wage proposition

Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers, said that if Proposition 206 passes, it will hurt Arizona’s farmers and the rural economies dependent on family businesses.

“Labor is the single largest line item in a farmer’s budget; simple economics dictates that increasing such costs by nearly 50 percent will cause people to lose their jobs,” Nassif said in a statement. “The truth is, many family farmers, still recovering from the recession, will not be able to absorb the added financial and regulatory burdens of Proposition 206 and will be forced to eliminate countless jobs they currently provide to farm workers. Furthermore, the cost of living disparity between rural and urban Arizona makes a one-size-fits-all minimum wage law fundamentally unfair to farming businesses in rural communities.”

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