By DAVID W. SKINNER
The minimum wage rate in Arizona has risen from $8.50 to $10 since Jan. 1 and will continue to rise 50 cents each year until the minimum wage reaches $12 by the year 2020.
This isn’t going to work. Raising the minimum wage will put people out of work.
Before voters approved the Proposition 206 wage increase, businesses kept many people on staff at $8.50 an hour. Employees worked shifts throughout the week, whether they were a student, a working mother or a father with a second job trying to pay the bills.
With the pay raise, companies that already could barely afford their overhead are looking at layoffs or reduced hours.
I wish state voters had been more diligent before approving this plan.
We all know businesses are going to do what’s best for their bottom line. As an employee, I hear all the time how my company cares about its employees and all that nonsense.
But now is when we get to see a business’ true intentions.
Surprisingly enough, it’s to make money.
If making money takes firing people in order for those corporate suits to cash their quarterly bonus, they won’t even think twice.
To the everyday working man or woman who depends on part-time jobs to pay the
bills, having to replace those lost hours with another part-time job is going to be much harder due to a company’s requirement to hire an entry-level employee at $10 compared to $8.50.
The company will hire fewer people for those part-time jobs and some workers will be left out in the cold.
As a state, Arizona needs more companies to want to move here. Occupants of this beautiful state must be able to work and live in comfort.
The minimum wage increase adds another roadblock for companies planning to move their business operation to the Tucson area.
Bringing new jobs to the Tucson community shows other companies that Arizona is a great home base. I just don’t think raising the minimum wage was a step in that direction.
Making sudden, drastic changes without any real adjustment period or plan has left employers all over Arizona having to make hard decisions.
Arizona should want its working people to make money, not lose their jobs entirely.
David Skinner is a journalist major whose opinions are just as bad as his writing style. He loves long walks on the beach but hates getting sand in his shoes. Do not follow him on twitter @daveyskins_.