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Arizona Non-Profits Hope To Overcome 'Operational Anxiety' About Higher Minimum Wage Law

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 3:45pm
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Arizona’s minimum-wage law is back in court this afternoon for a hearing that’s expected to last up to three hours.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce, as well as some other chambers are challenging the voter-approved increase, arguing it doesn’t outline a funding source for the new wages and that by including pay and mandatory paid leave for workers, the measure ran afoul of the state’s single-subject rule.

Proponents of Prop. 206 dispute both of those assertions.

Some non-profits have expressed concerns about the higher minimum wage, specifically those who have contracts with the state. With me to explain is Kristen Merrifield, CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Non-Profits. She discusses what concerns the group's members have with this.

It’s unclear whether the Superior Court judge will issue a ruling today after the hearing, but whichever side loses there is expected to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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