Arizona chamber vows to fight minimum wage proposition in wake of high court ruling


Glenn Hamer, CEO and president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the chamber will work to defeat Proposition 206 now that the Arizona Supreme Court has decided the initiative to increase the minimum wage in the state and mandate specific amounts of paid time off for workers will appear on the November ballot.

In his statement, Hamer thanked the Arizona Restaurant Association for challenging the validity of signatures submitted to the Secretary of State and noted "serious deficiencies" over the quality of many of the signatures.

Proposition 206 will appear on the November ballot, requesting a minimum wage of $10 in 2017, increasing to $12 by 2020. The current minimum wage in Arizona is $8.05 per hour. The nationally mandated minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

Hamer said the chamber is working to ensure defeat of the proposition, stating that a large increase in the minimum wage and mandated paid leave hurts job creators and job seekers alike. He also claims it will hurt those the proposal aims to help.

“We look forward to the debate and a spirited campaign,” Hamer said, closing out his statement.

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