Add another bad Arizona measure to the growing list of bills being dropped because of public outcry. Yesterday, after public pressure from Arizonans, extreme lawmakers in the House decided to kill a resolution that would have forced a ballot measure to repeal the state's minimum wage and hurt low-wage workers in the process.
Big-money corporate interests were pushing the resolution, which would have lowered wages for workers already struggling with low pay and overturned the state’s minimum wage law that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2006. The original version of the resolution would have gone even further in attacking working families, decreasing the minimum wage by $3 per hour for workers younger than 20 and $2 per hour for tipped employees.
Other unpopular measures shelved this year because of strong public opposition include a bill that would have forced college students to pay a $2,000 minimum tuition rate. Another proposal, to ban all collective bargaining for firefighters, teachers, nurses and other public service workers who keep Arizona communities safe and strong, appears to be stalled out.
But there are still plenty of bills attacking working families on the agenda. A bill that would open the door to cronyism in government services by changing the personnel system passed a Senate committee yesterday. A measure to force drug testing of jobless workers that would increase taxes for businesses and proposals attacking the rights of firefighters, police officers, teachers and other workers are still moving.
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