Thumbs up: Kyrsten Sinema's hometown of Tucson votes for $15 minimum wage by wide margin
Just months after her now-infamous thumbs-down vote on a similar measure at the federal level, the people of U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's hometown of Tucson, Arizona overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative on Tuesday to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Passage means Tucson's minimum wage will incrementally bump up from its current $12.15 to $15 by January 1, 2025. Tucson Fight for $15 led the campaign in support of it.
BREAKING: As local news reports, Tucson just became the latest city to pass a $15 minimum wage! The raise will benefit roughly 85,000 Tucsonans. \n\nCongratulations to @TucsonFor15!\n\nIt's past time that every worker in the US has a $15/hr floor\n\n#FightFor15 #RaiseTheWagepic.twitter.com/jiFG2Co8ll— Fight For 15 (@Fight For 15) 1635910205
A right-wing Democrat who's obstructed multiple progressive legislative priorities, Sinema (D-Ariz.) drew strong criticism in March when she voted, along with six other Democrats, against including a $15 federal minimum wage provision in the Senate's Covid relief budget reconciliation package. Increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 is overwhelmingly supported by Democratic voters, according to recent polling by Data for Progress.
Tucson, AZ, hometown of a certain senator who has been in the news a lot this year, just voted to raise their minimum wage to $15.
— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) November 3, 2021
In a Monday op-ed encouraging voters to back Proposition 206, Arizona Republic columnist Elvia Díaz wrote that voting yes should be "a no-brainer" for Tucson voters. She argued that even "$15 per hour is hardly a living wage" and that critics' arguments that the wage increase would unleash a "bureaucratic nightmare" were baseless.
"Those chamber-of-commerce types will always oppose paying workers more," she wrote, "no matter what."
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