New wage boost puts squeeze on teenage workers across Arizona
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.
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 teens are among the first workers to go.
Tom Kelly, owner of Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor in Phoenix, voted for the minimum-wage increase. But he said, "The new law has impacted us quite a bit."
It added about $2,000 per month in expenses. The store, which employs mostly teen workers, has cut back on hours and has not replaced a couple of workers who quit.
Way to go moron, you gave your workers a raise then cut back their hours.
Liliana Hernandez brings home noticeably more under the new law. The 18-year-old, who attends Metro Tech High School in Phoenix and works part time at Central High School, is saving the extra money, maybe to put towards buying a used car.
Hernandez said she deserves the raise just like any other Arizona worker even if she still lives with her parents.
No you don't deserve a raise if bleeding heart voters have to mandate you one. You deserve a raise when you work hard, improve your skills and make yourself more valuable to your employer.
Now why doesn't The Oregonian look at what happens to teenage employment after our annual wage hike? Looks like the crack reporters there won't do the story that doesn't fit with their political agenda.