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What's The Difference Between Minimum Wage and Living Wage in Phoenix?

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 11:34 AM

Arizona residents are fortunate to have a state minimum wage that's higher than the federal minimum wage requirement. However, like many cities around the country, Phoenix has many workers struggling to achieve a living wage.

The minimum wage in the state stands at $8.05 an hour, compared to the $7.25 federal minimum wage standard. Unfortunately for workers in Phoenix, the city must abide by state laws, and local officials can't set it higher, according to The Arizona Republic.

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A living wage for Phoenix was estimated at $9.20 an hour for one adult and $19.87 an hour for one adult supporting one child, according to a living wage calculation by Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Local officials are stuck because of a 2013 state law that only allows state legislators to raise the minimum wage. Arizona voters had approved a proposition in 2006 that allowed state, county, city and town officials to increase the minimum wage for workers, but the 2013 legislative move changed that.

An effort is being made to reverse the state law in court, based on a provision in the Arizona constitution that prohibits state legislators from modifying the decisions by local voters without a super majority in the legislature.

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"Elected city officials know their own town," reports The Arizona Republic. "If they act unwisely and set a minimum wage that is too high and frightens away business, they wouldn't win reelection. Besides, it's the town where they live. They have a vested interest, as well as a political interest, in doing the right thing."

The MIT analysis based calculations for a living wage in Phoenix on monthly expenses for food, housing, transportation, child care, medical care and other factors. Food preparers and servers, personal care services, and farming, fishing and forestry are among occupations making less than $10 an hour, well below a living wage for one adult supporting one child.

Workers making less than $15 an hour, and below a living wage for an adult and one child, include those in healthcare support, maintenance, sales, transportation and material moving, and administrative support.

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