Opinion: minimum wage increase was what voters wanted

Regarding your Nov. 16 coverage of the Prop. 206 Minimum Wage results, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Hiegel says “government should not be mandating wages” … “this is not something government should control.”

Likewise, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s VP of Public Affairs’ Mike Huckins agrees stating “this measure calls for furthering the dangerous potential for a patchwork of page and benefit policies across the state.”

Business owner Anna Siner of “My Sister’s Closet” also states “Every time government steps in and says what a business should do all they are doing is setting up obstacles to success.”

These business leaders and owners have obviously missed a key aspect of democracy — 60 percent of the voters wished to see an increase and approved this measure; it had nothing to do with “government.”

The State Legislature (government) has not addressed the minimum wage issue since November 2006, a decade ago.

When government does not act it is incumbent upon the people to exercise their right.

Editor’s Note: Chris Hunt is a Phoenix resident.

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