An interesting development: the Maricopa County Superior Court has ruled a preemptive law blocking Arizona cities from raising minimum wages conflicts with a previous ballot initiative.
On Monday, Attorney General Mark Brnovich agreed to a Maricopa County Superior Court judgment stating that the 2013 law limiting minimum-wage increases conflicts with Proposition 202, a measure Arizona voters approved in 2006 allowing cities to regulate wages and benefits via ordinance.
It’s interesting that the Arizona AG declined to contest the judgment. With the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) sponsoring similar preemption measures with the support of members in the food service industry, I would expect to see more legal challenges to future local living wage ordinances.
You can read more of what I have to say about preemption laws and other issues of municipal democracy, which include the basic right to earn a living, here.