minimum wage

  The Arizona Senate voted Thursday to raise Arizona’s super-low $240 maximum weekly unemployment benefit to $320, just over two weeks after the House passed a competing version raising the pay to $300 a week.

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Arizona’s minimum wage has increased from $12 to $12.15 an hour. The law took effect on New Year's Day. In Flagstaff, wages increased to $15 an hour.

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Flagstaff officials say the city may have to pay Arizona more than $840,000 over the next two years to cover the cost of having a higher minimum wage than the state.

A state law that takes effect Tuesday could make Arizona municipalities and counties reimburse the state for new costs resulting from a local minimum wage above the statewide rate.

It’s been two and a half years since Arizona voters approved a gradual increase in the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, and examination by a centrist think tank shows growing pay is benefiting at least one traditionally low-wage industry.