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HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Spike may actually limit number of jobs

HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Spike may actually limit number of jobs

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 […]

HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Increase sets social Darwinism in motion

HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Increase sets social Darwinism in motion

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO For minimum-wage earners who’ve had a taste of the $1.95 per hour pay raise, I can relate if you are feeling both happy and scared by the change. My eyes light up when I see the significant increase in my paychecks. However, my face turns gray when I hear that another store […]

A living wage for real, living people

A living wage for real, living people

By NICK MEYERS In November, Arizonans will have an opportunity to vote on the first minimum wage initiative since 2006. Proposition 206 will increase the wage from $8.05 to $10 starting on New Year’s Day, to $10.50 a year after that, to $11 a year after that and to $12 in 2020. Minimum wage initiatives […]

Increase could hurt workers

Increase could hurt workers

  By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO No one works at minimum wage in my family except me. I’m the youngest. A proposal on the November ballot would not provide a whole lot of improvement. Proposition 206 would increase the minimum wage from its dormant state at $8.05 an hour to $10 in 2017, then slowly creep to […]

Minimum wage not only issue

Minimum wage not only issue

BY NICK MEYERS Citizens of San Francisco voted Nov. 4 to increase minimum wage to $15 per hour over a four-year timeline.Anyone with a rudimentary understanding of economics might call this a bad idea. Supply and demand suggests that raising the price of employment will decrease the number of people employed. Only large corporations could […]

Give us higher wages or give us a hand

Give us higher wages or give us a hand

By JAMIE VERWYS I want more money. No, scratch that, I need more money. With the high cost of living, poverty is a real and debilitating epidemic. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report in June, more than 2 million Arizonians live in a poverty area. Poverty is largely affected by income, and although the […]

Minimum wage debate concerns small-business owners

Minimum wage debate concerns small-business owners

By JORGE ENCINAS During his State of the Union address, President Obama appealed to Congress to tie the federal minimum wage to the cost of living and raise it from $7.25 to $9 an hour. “Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full time should have to live […]