Restaurant group preparing to fight minimum wage ballot measure

Minimum wageBy Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

The head of state’s restaurant industry is gearing up to convince voters to quash an initiative that would boost the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

Steve Chucri, president of the Arizona Restaurant and Hospitality Association, said Wednesday the campaign against the measure will be based on showing voters how much wages in Arizona have gone up since voters enacted the first minimum wage law in 2006.

Prior to that, Arizona employers had to pay only what was mandated in federal law which was $5.15 an hour. The ballot measure pushed that to $6.75, with a requirement for annual adjustments based on inflation.

That has pushed the current state minimum to $8.05.

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