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Az's minimum wage to increase

Workers will see 30 cents more per hour

The Industrial Commission of Arizona announced in October that the minimum wage will increase from $7.35 to $7.65 an hour. Tipped employees, who make $3 below the standard minimum wage, will also receive the raise.
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Oct 20, 2011, 8:24 am
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A quick reminder for tipped employees:  If your cash wage and tips don’t total the federal minimum wage, your employer is legally required to make up the difference under the Fair Labor Standards Act: http://www.dol.gov/elaws/faq/esa/flsa/002.htm

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Oct 20, 2011, 8:32 am
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A quick fact check:

“Thirty cents an hour doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you’re talking about 30 cents an hour and it goes across the board and it’s every hour for every single employee that gets paid minimum wage, it adds up very quickly,” she said. “Many restaurants have lost millions because of that increase.”

A restaurant would have to have more than 1600 minimum-wage employees before this pay bump could amount to a million-dollar increase per year, much less multiple millions. I don’t know of many mom-and-pop shops with thousands of employees.

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Oct 20, 2011, 9:29 am
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Thank you Andrew…when I was reading the story, I was planning on saying the exact same thing. You beat me to it. :)

As to the minimum-wage issue itself, I’m torn. I passionately believe that market forces and market forces alone should determine all wages, all prices, and what businesses and industries survive and don’t survive. That’s how capitalism is supposed to work.

However, for market forces to work as they should, everyone has to play by the rules…including paying all the taxes you owe, refraining from collusion and price fixing (or wage-keeping-down or whatever the price fixing term is for wages), and our elected officials acting in the best interests of the constituents that elected them. I’m not sure I trust everyone to play by the rules.

So, this is one of those issues where I’m just not sure how I feel. Is it just me?

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Oct 22, 2011, 12:20 pm
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Bret,

I think it’s okay to believe that, in general, the capitalist mode of production is preferable to the alternatives without also having an irrational faith in rational markets.  Some intervention in the market is a good thing, and I’d include the minimum wage in my list of good interventions.

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