GOP lawmakers attack minimum wage, sick leave

Senator says it’s morally wrong for the government to raise wages

A resolution in the Arizona Senate would ask voters to repeal further hikes of the state’s minimum wage, deny mandatory sick leave and block attempts by cities to raise the lowest amount paid to workers.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1016 was introduced by a group of Republican state senators and representatives. Under the resolution, the minimum wage would hold firm at $10.50 per hour instead of increasing to $12 per hour by 2020. The resolution would also remove a law that requires employers to give employees at least three sick days per year and block cities from raising their own minimum wage.

One of the bill’s backers, state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake) told the Arizona Daily Star that she felt it was morally wrong for the government to raise wages. Instead, she said it should be left to the free market to determine.


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