Arizona chamber appeals ruling on minimum wage law

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Governor Doug Ducey has expressed his opposition to the voter approved increase in Arizona's minimum wage.

"Given the fast-approaching implementation date of January 1, 2017, we believe an appeal to the state Supreme Court is appropriate and necessary", a spokesperson for the group said in a statement.

"We still do have issues about a lack of a revenue stream being identified for the mandated uptick in wages, which is now hurting some of the providers to the developmentally disabled", Taylor said.

The judge ruled on Wednesday that there were no constitutional violations, a decision hailed by backers of Proposition 206.

"Plaintiffs don't have any chances as we've seen in this lawsuit, and for that reason they're not entitled to stop it from taking effect on January 1", Barton said.

The lawsuit seeks to declare the minimum wage increase illegally obligates the State of Arizona to increase funding of state contracts. Prop. 206, also called the Healthy Working Families Initiative, proposed raising the state's current $8.05 per hour minimum wage during the next several years to $10 per hour in January, $10.50 in 2018, $11 in 2019, $12 in 2020, and starting in 2021, the minimum wage would be adjusted annually based on cost of living.