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Ann Kirkpatrick Backs Arizona Minimum Wage Increase

Michael Chow/Arizona Republic

Arizona voters will decide in November on Proposition 206, which would eventually raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour. Democratic Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Ann Kirkpatrick has officially endorsed the initiative. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Kirkpatrick says increasing the state’s minimum wage would boost economic opportunity for working-class Arizonans. Prop 206, or the Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative, would raise the wage from the current $8.05 an hour to $10 an hour at the beginning of next year. It would then gradually increase to $12 an hour by 2020.

Kirkpatrick’s Republican opponent in the Senate race, John McCain, hasn’t commented specifically about Prop 206. But historically he’s opposed federal minimum wage increases, instead advocating for tax reform and lower rates on individuals and corporations.

A recent Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite pollshowed more than 60 percent of Arizonans support Prop 206.

Ryan Heinsius joined the KNAU newsroom as executive producer in 2013 and was named news director and managing editor in 2024. As a reporter, he has covered a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy, energy and public lands issues, and frequently interviews internationally known and regional musicians. Ryan is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Public Media Journalists Association Award winner, and a frequent contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and national newscast.
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