Author: Protect AZ Jobs

AZ Central Editorial Board: “Our View: Prop. 206 sounds good but has heavy costs”

According to a new editorial from the AZ Central Editorial Board, Prop 206 will likely hurt those it is intended to help. The proposal would raise mandatory wages from $8.05 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020, nearly a 50-percent increase. That means an employer would need to pay $8,200 more a year for…

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Say no to Arizona’s harmful ballot measures

Proposition 206 will increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour. Although this may seem like a nice thing to do, it will actually hurt the very people it is designed to help. Small businesses won’t be able to hire new people, and entry-level workers will be hurt. Read more >

My Turn: Proposition 206 will affect Arizona seniors

Currently the average cost in Arizona for in-home services ranges from $20 to $24 per hour. If Prop 206 passes, services most likely will exceed $30 per hour. For many older adults on a fixed income, and for financially strapped Baby Boomers taking care of their parents and their own families, this increase will be…

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My Turn: Minimum wage’s minimum impact on 2016 politics

Researcher: Don’t buy polls that show strong support for higher minimum wages. Economists at Trinity and Miami universities used Congressional Budget Office methodology to conclude that 15,000 jobs would be lost in Arizona at a $12 minimum wage. In cities and states that have already pursued dramatic minimum-wage increases, these consequences are being felt. Read…

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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…

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Robb: Arizona’s minimum wage initiatives are filled with wishful thinking

The case for the minimum wage is an odd amalgam of agitprop and wishful thinking. There will be two ballot propositions in Arizona this election increasing the minimum wage. The statewide initiative, Proposition 206, would increase it from $8.05 an hour to $10 this January, rising to $12 in 2020. Flagstaff voters will decide a…

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Irony alert: Minimum-wage measure spurts lawsuit over pay

The Secretary of State’s Office did examine every signature and threw out about 20,000 as invalid. And then of the remaining 238,938 signatures, the counties’ election offices determined 176,472 qualified. Essentially, 25 percent of the signatures were discarded. During a legal challenge of the signatures that was later dismissed on a technicality, other signatures were…

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Firm that found signatures for Arizona wage hike sues over non payment

The private firm that collected signatures to put Proposition 206 on the November ballot is claiming it did not get fully paid. But Bill Scheel, the campaign’s manager, said if anyone breached the contract, it was the signature-gathering firm. He said the contract required it to produce sufficient valid signatures to put the issue on…

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