Arizona's Higher Minimum Wage Crusaders Win Small Battle

By Heather van Blokland
Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 7:56am
Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:10pm
Sky Schaudt/KJZZ
Minimum wage in Arizona is $8.05.

Arizonans looking for a higher minimum wage won a small battle Tuesday. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge denied a request seeking to slow signature validation needed to get the minimum wage measure on the November ballot.

The Arizona Restaurant and Hospitality Association sought a restraining order to prevent validation of the 250,000 signatures gathered, arguing the Secretary of State is acting faster than is statutorily required.

On Tuesday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge denied the temporary restraining order request.

Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families gathered 250,000 signatures in three months, starting in April, to qualify for a ballot measure to increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 and provide earned sick days to workers.

Arizona's current minimum wage is $8.05, above the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.