$12 an hour minimum wage? Voters could it see on November's ballot

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 22:00:36-04

Minimum wage workers in Arizona could make $10 an hour next year - $12 an hour in 2020 - if all goes according to plan. 

A group called AZ Healthy Working Families filed more than 270,000 signatures with the Secretary of State's Office Thursday to get the measure on November's ballot. Arizona's minimum wage is currently $8.05 an hour. 

If approved, this measure would raise the minimum wage almost 50 percent - to $12 an hour - in 2020. It would also mandate paid sick leave for full-time workers.


Campaign manager Tomas Robles said the measure is good for business. 

"This initiative will not only help improve the livelihood of more than a million Arizonans, it will also provide them with more opportunity to re-invest in our local economy," he said. 

Not everyone is onboard with the initiative, however.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry put out a release Thursday opposing the proposal.

"Employers could lay off employees, raise prices, institute hiring freezes, invest in automation that will make employees unnecessary, or even close up shop," Chamber President and CEO Glenn Hamer said.