Committee forwards bill to head off minimum wage increase, paid sick leave

Stephanie Vasquez, owner of Fair Trade Coffee in Phoenix, says part of a $12 minimum wage is treating people “with respect and dignity.” /Howard Fischer : Capitol Media Services

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media via Arizona Daily Sun

A Republican-controlled Senate panel voted Monday to ask voters to reconsider a 2016 measure that is set to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1016 would not entirely rescind the law, which Arizona voters approved by a margin of 58-42 percent. Wages would not go back to the $8.05 an hour they were two years ago.

But it would repeal future scheduled increases, freezing the minimum employers must pay at the current $10.50 an hour.

What it also would do — if voters really do have second thoughts — is eliminate another provision of the 2016 law, which says full-time employees are entitled to at least three days of paid sick leave.

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