Arizona Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 1016 would create a ballot proposition to repeal future increases of the 2016 voter-approved (by a solid margin 58% - 42%) measure that set the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour in 2018 and will increase it to $12.00 per hour in 2020. More importantly it would also stop any Arizona city from legislating a minimum wage higher than the state minimum wage.
Bob Karp on SCR 1016: This legislation, which is likely to pass the state senate with already 15 Republican co-sponsors, shows the arrogance of the majority. Yes, sometimes there is a need to revisit law that was created at the ballot box. There could be a variety of reasons: error in the language, unintended consequences, changing culture (same-sex marriage is a good example). However, in this case barely two years has gone by and the Republican majority wants to roll back a law passed overwhelming by the electorate.
I respect the concerns of small business owners who object to increases in labor costs associated with minimum wage raises. But to say that the entire concept of having voters set a higher minimum wage is questionable as Sen. Warren Petersen (R-Gilbert) indicated in a recent Arizona Star article, conveniently allows politicians to cherry-pick issues where state government should be involved. In most cases (but not all), I am for bringing governance as close to the people as possible which creates accountability. Limiting the ability for local government to set economic priorities is not in the best interests of the people of LD 14.
I would not support SCR 1016 when it comes to Arizona House of Representatives. Fair pay for honest work is something we should all be for.
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