Raising minimum wage? No way!

by Michael Arbizo

We would all love to get paid more money. That statement is hard to argue with. Employees who earn a living from minimum wage salaries would especially be in favor of getting paid more. Proposition 206 aims to raise minimum wage, but not everyone is enthusiastic about the change that it would create.

Yulina Ramirez, a 19-year-old nursing student who works two minimum wage jobs, thinks voting in favor of Proposition 206 is a mistake. She explains that raising the minimum wage would be a setback and would make people less likely to pursue higher education which can result in higher paying jobs. “Making less money should motivate people to want to get an education to get a better job where they can make more money,” Ramirez said.

“People will want to work at these $12 minimum wage jobs instead of getting a better education…(raising) minimum wage is only going to make young people lazier. These elections directly affect us.” said Ramirez.

Prop 206 also hurts small businesses because they may not be able to absorb the shock of such an increase in a short period of time. Many businesses are still trying to recover revenue losses from the recession and the decline of the housing market that hit Arizona in the late 2000s.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging voters to say no to Prop 206. It filed an argument against the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. In the document written by the Chamber’s president and CEO, Glen Hamer and the chairman, Dennis Dahlen, they stated, “Business faced with the extreme hike in costs…will be left with bad options. Employers could cut (or) layoff employees, raise prices, institute hiring freezes, invest in automation that will make employees unnecessary, or even close up shop.”

Either way one chooses to vote in the Nov. 8 elections, it is always interesting to research the pro/con proposition facts. For more information on other ballot measures visit https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page.

For full information on Proposition 206, such as arguments filed, visit http://apps.azsos.gov/election/2016/BallotMeasure/BallotMeasureList.htm, and click Ballot Measures.  All the information regarding the 2016 Arizona general elections, including a complete candidate list can be found on this site.

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