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Proponents Fight Back Against Campaign To Defeat Arizona Proposition 206

Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:18pm
Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 1:49pm

After opponents announced a major campaign ad blitz against a ballot measure to raise Arizona's minimum wage, the initiative’s supporters are fighting back.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce says it plans to raise and spend over $1 million on last-minute push to shoot down Proposition 206.

The measure on November’s ballot would raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020 from its current $8.05.

Suzanne Wilson with the group Arizona Working Families, which gathered the signatures and led the effort to put it before voters, said the chamber’s energies are misdirected.

“The chamber seems bent on building an ambitious coffer to try and dissuade people from voting on what is a very popular measure," said Wilson. "The chamber would be better off investing in the people of Arizona, the workers who keep their local businesses thriving, so that everyone has a chance to reinvest in their local economy”

Wilson said she’s confident the measure will pass with polling showing two-thirds of Arizona voters supporting the initiative.