By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times
Business interests are making a last-ditch effort to keep hundreds of thousands of Arizonans from getting a big wage hike on Sunday.
Attorney Brett Johnson, representing the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other business groups, is telling the state Supreme Court that Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley was legally wrong last week in refusing to block Proposition 206 from taking effect. He hopes to get the justices to eventually overturn that ruling.
But his more immediate aim is to keep the minimum wage from going up to $10 an hour on Sunday as voters mandated. So Johnson is asking the justices for what amounts to an emergency order blocking what voters approved until they hear the full arguments.
With just days until the measure takes effect, the justices will need to rule on that by Friday, the last business day of the year.