A new Arizona law requires the state to calculate additional costs to the state government when cities and counties raise the minimum wage above the state rate. If the state has to pay more for government-funded services in these communities, then the legislature may require local governments to cover the additional cost.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununo vetoed a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 just one day after it passed the State Senate.
The unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage are already being felt in Oregon, the bastion of progressivism in the northwest. Fast food and grocery companies accelerated the implementation of self-checkout options to shed labor costs. In turn, the AFL-CIO submitted paperwork to put the Grocery Store Service and Community Protection Act on the 2020 ballot. The measure would limit the number of self-service checkout lines in grocery stores to two.