Raising Minimum Wage

Craig Fry / Arizona Western College

By Howard Fischer - Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX -- Claiming voters intended higher minimum wages only for families, Republicans in the state House voted Wednesday to allow employers to pay less to some people younger than 22.

Lou Gum / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arizona Edition- Congressman Raul Grijalva (Democrat, 3rd District) was in Somerton recently, focused on two issues—extending unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and increasing the minimum wage.  Grijalva told a small crowd at his office in Somerton that 19,000 Arizonans lost their unemployment insurance on December 28th when Congress decided not to extend benefits.  About 20 percent of that number live in Yuma County and statewide 865 people who have been out of work long-term lose their unemployment insurance each week, bringing that 19,000 number in December