Dear M & M: What does the increase in minimum wage mean to me in Arizona? -Ken
Dear Ken: Proposition 206 was approved Tuesday and will increase the base wage incrementally from $8.05 to $12 an hour. It would rise to $10 next year, then increase every year until 2020. The new law also allows workers to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked (depending on the size of the business).
It also allows for sick time to include mental or physical illness or time to care for a family member. Many say it would be hard to determine the effect of a minimum wage increase, although most believe it will result in higher labor costs for businesses, causing an increase in pricing to make up for the increase in labor costs. The federal minimum is $7.25 per hour.
California, the nation’s largest state by population, bumped its minimum wage up to $10 an hour starting in 2016. A number of California cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, have started phasing in minimum wage increases to $15 per hour and plan to reach that mark before the state does. Wages around the world: