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.