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Proposed bill would penalize Flagstaff for high minimum wage


State lawmakers are moving to penalize cities financially that have a minimum wage higher than the rest of the state.

Senate Bill 1108 was proposed by Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers of Flagstaff. It would allow employers in any city with a wage that’s more than the state minimum to claim a 10% credit for the difference. The state would also deduct that claim from the city’s share of state revenue.

The bill targets cities like Flagstaff and Tucson that have higher voter-approved minimum wages.

Opponents say the bill undermines the will of voters, who voted to approve the minimum wage hike.

The measure passed the Senate Finance Committee on a party-line vote and awaits full chamber action.