Arizona group to push for $15 per hour minimum wage

Arizona group to push for $15 per hour minimum wage

PHOENIX (AP) – Advocates for raising Arizona’s minimum wage are preparing a campaign to get the issue on the November ballot.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports (http://bit.ly/22tX4hL ) that the campaign has less than four months to collect nearly a quarter million signatures.

Supporters of a minimum wage as high as $15 an hour have formed a ballot measure campaign committee called Arizonans for Fair Wages and Health Families. The chairman is listed as Tomas Robles, the executive director of progressive advocacy group Living United for Change in Arizona.

Democratic campaign consultant Bill Scheel says the campaign expects to begin by early April. Scheel says polling shows strong support for a minimum wage in the $14 to $15 range, although the group hasn’t decided exactly how high to set their proposed minimum wage.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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