Sedona AZ (September 9, 2016) – The September 19 Voter Education Program of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley will feature a distinguished panel of experts discussing issues related to the working poor and the minimum wage. There are opinions for and against raising the minimum wage and the impact it will have on individuals, families, businesses and communities.
Arizona voters will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 206 in November to raise the minimum wage from the current $8.05 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020 with a jump to $10 in January 2017. The proposition also creates a right to paid sick time off from employment. Closer to home, Flagstaff voters will be voting on Proposition 414 to raise the minimum wage in Flagstaff to $15 by 2021 for non-tipped workers and $15 an hour for tipped workers by 2026. Raising the minimum wage in Arizona is controversial and made the ballot just in time in spite of efforts to challenge it.
The four distinguished panelists include Joe Bader, currently the chief spokesperson for Flagstaff Needs a Raise, a political committee seeking to increase the minimum wage in Flagstaff through a citizen’s initiative on the November ballot; Eric Souders, an accredited Wealth Management Advisor at Ascendant Financial Solutions in Flagstaff; Mik Jordahl, Attorney at Law and for eight years the Director of Coconino Legal Aid; Dennis Foster, Senior Lecturer of Economics at Northern Arizona University, The W.A. Franke College of Business; and Stuart McDaniel, Vice President, Government Affairs for the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce. The panel moderator will be NAU Professor and League of Women Voters Board Member Andrea Houchard.
The program will be presented twice, 9AM-10:30AM at Yavapai College Sedona Center, 4215 Arts Village Dr., Sedona, and from Noon-1:30PM at Yavapai College, 601 West Black Hills Dr., Room G106, Clarkdale. There is no charge for the forum and reservations are not needed. For information contact Barbara Litrell, 649-0135 or email@example.com