From the Arizona Daily Star, written by Alex Dalenberg (dated December 13, 2010) -
Arizonans making minimum wage will see a small bump in their paychecks starting Jan. 1 when the state minimum increases 10 cents per hour to keep pace with the national cost of living.
The state minimum wage will increase from $7.25 to $7.35 per hour on New Year's Day and remain at that level throughout 2011. The new state minimum will also be 10 cents higher than the federal minimum wage, $7.25 per hour, which is required for the vast majority of Arizona businesses.As Rebekah Friend, Executive Director of the Arizona AFL/CIO wrote (dated December 21, 2010) -
Tipped employees in Arizona will also get a 10-cent boost, from $4.25 to $4.35 per hour.
The minimum wage gives low-income working families some solution to these questions, and this New Year's Day it will automatically increase to keep up with a rising cost of living.
The minimum wage ensures that our society rewards hard work and that working families find economic security.
But until Arizona voters passed Proposition 202 in 2006 to raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation, its value had dropped to its lowest level in 51 years.
Now, yearly adjustments to keep up with the rising cost of living are helping to ensure that working families don't fall behind again.
On Jan. 1, the minimum wage in Arizona will increase by 10 cents to $7.35 an hour and to $4.35 an hour for tipped employees such as waiters.
A dime hardly seems like much, but the small boost gives low-paid workers more money to take care of their families - about $200 a year for a full-time minimum-wage employee.
These workers aren't simply high schoolers flipping burgers to pay for gas, as skeptics of the minimum wage sometimes portray them. Nationwide, adults make up more than 75 percent of those working for that rate.
Most significantly, when Arizonans voted to raise the minimum wage in 2006, they gave raises to the parents of an estimated 200,000 children.Starting tomorrow, minimum wage earners in six other states - Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington - will also see small adjustments to their wages.