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Tucson OK's measure to gradually raise minimum wage to $15

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Demonstrators called for a $15 federal minimum wage in front of the U.S. Capitol in February 2021.

Tucson voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to gradually increase the minimum wage in Arizona’s second most populous city to $15 an hour by 2025.

Unofficial results had voters approving Proposition 206 by about a 2-to-1 margin.

Arizona’s current minimum wage is $12.15 per hour with annual boosts tied to inflation.

The Tucson measure put on the city’s ballot through an initiative campaign would raise the minimum wage in Tucson to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2025 and then tie it to the rate of inflation after that.

Flagstaff became the first city in Arizona to adopt a $15 minimum wage when voters approved a measure to gradually raise wages in 2016. On Jan. 1, 2022 it'll increase to $15.50 and then each year after will be based on the Consumer Price Index.