Minimum wage goes up again on Monday

Diners enjoy their food at the Prescott Brewing Company in 2015. The hospitality industry has seen the largest increase in wages since Arizona voters approved an increase to the state’s minimum wage in 2016./The Daily Courier

Some get a 50-cent per hour raise starting next week

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media via The Daily Courier

Arizonans at the bottom end of the income scale are going to be getting a bit more in their paychecks this coming week.

As of Monday, the new state minimum wage will be $10.50 an hour for most private sector employees. That’s 50 cents more than the current figure — or a bit more than $1,000 a year, before taxes.

It also will now be $2.45 an hour more than in 2016, the year voters approved a multi-step plan to eventually get the state’s minimum up to $12 an hour by 2020.

How many of the state’s 2.8 million workers will be affected remains unclear. The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity has no figures of the number of workers currently earning less than $10.50.

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