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Contact:  Rev. Trina Zelle
Lead Organizer
Arizona Interfaith Alliance for Worker Justice
331 East Willetta
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-254-5452

Seven States to Increase Minimum Wage on New Year’s Day; NELP: Raise will Help Thousands of Workers and Strengthen the Economy

National Employment Law Project, Dec 21 2010

Washington, DC – On January 1st, the minimum wage will increase in seven states, modestly boosting the incomes of approximately 647,000 minimum wage workers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Industries may feel sting, but state wage increase hasn't hurt Ariz. economy

By Ronald J. Hansen
Arizona Republic, Nov 11 2007
Some of the predictions were dire: Arizona's proposed minimum-wage law would cost businesses tens of millions, and thousands of workers - especially the ones who needed their jobs the most - would be laid off.

Others said the extra cash would transfuse the state's economy with hundreds of millions of extra dollars suddenly in circulation.

But a year after voters overwhelmingly approved boosting pay for the state's least-expensive workers from $5.15 an hour to $6.75, the immediate effect has seemed, well, minimal.

Business Leaders and minimum wage organizer on landslide victories

Nov 13 2006

Business leaders joined national Let Justice Roll campaign leaders and minimum wage ballot organizers from Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana and Ohio to analyze the historic minimum wage election victories and look ahead to future state campaigns and congressional legislation to raise the $5.15-an-hour federal minimum wage.

Landslide for Minimum Wage: what happened, what's next, analyzed in Nov. 9 teleconference

Nov 8 2006

Minimum wage hikes won in every state they were on the ballot, winning by a resounding 76 percent in Missouri, 73 percent in Montana, 69 percent in Nevada, 66 percent in Arizona, 56 percent in Ohio and 53 percent in Colorado (latest totals)

Values vote, minimum wage referenda analyzed in post-election teleconference

Nov 6 2006
State minimum wage ballot organizers (OH, MT, MO, AZ and CO); leaders of the national Let Justice Roll campaign; business leaders; and a low-wage worker will address the topics below and answer reporters' questions on a telephone press conference two days after the election:
  • What happened with state minimum wage referenda, and why?
  • How did the "values vote" impact the election?

Voters able to set Arizona’s minimum wage

By J. Craig Anderson
East Valley Tribune, Nov 1 2006
Don't talk to Mayra Celaya about trickle-down economics or the virtues of marketdriven industry wage standards.

To the 21-year-old Mesa resident, who is working two low-paying retail jobs to put herself through computer networking school, the debate over raising Arizona’s minimum wage is anything but academic.

Business owners, CEOs say higher minimum wage good for business

Oct 31 2006
Cleveland, OH -- Business owners, executives and venture capitalists around the nation -- including the states where minimum wage is on the ballot Nov. 7 -- are calling for a higher minimum wage to pay workers fairly, boost business and strengthen the economy.

The statement released today calls for raising the wage floor above $5.15 an hour, noting, "Minimum wage workers have less buying power than minimum wage workers had half a century ago.

Prop 202: Yes: Raise the minimum wage

Arizona Daily Star, Oct 22 2006
This measure would increase the minimum wage to $6.75 per hour in the state from the existing federal level of $5

Proposition 202 pro: Increase would help spur the economy

Op-ed by Rebekah Friend
Arizona Daily Star, Oct 15 2006
Imagine working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year and not having money to pay rent, put gas in the car or eat.
This November, the people of Arizona have the chance to act where business and government have failed. We can vote to raise the minimum wage by voting "yes" on Proposition 202.
Proposition 202 is about doing the right thing and rewarding hard work. It's been 10 years since Congress voted to raise the minimum wage.
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