Economic reality rears its ugly head. Money quote:
Oh, for the days when Arizona’s high school students could roll pizza dough, sweep up sticky floors in theaters or scoop ice cream without worrying about ballot initiatives affecting their earning power.
That’s certainly not the case under the state’s new minimum-wage law that went into effect last month.
Some Valley employers, especially those in the food industry, say payroll budgets have risen so much that they’re cutting hours, instituting hiring freezes and laying off employees.
And this is a state minimum wage increase that is significantly less than the proposed federal one. I suspect that a lot more teenagers will be on the street instead of behind the counter at fast-food places when it takes effect.