/ Modified dec 30, 2021 9:33 a.m.

Arizona minimum wage going up to $12.80 an hour on Jan. 1

Tucson voters approved another minimum wage increase earlier this year.

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Arizona’s minimum wage is set to increase from $12.15 an hour to $12.80 an hour on Jan. 1 under a law approved by the state’s voters in 2016.

This year’s increase is the second since the phased-in wage increases hit $12 an hour and automatic increases based on the cost of living increases kicked in.

The state’s minimum wage was just $8.05 an hour when groups that advocates for low-income workers collected enough signatures to put a ballot measure boosting the lowest wages on the ballot.

The measure was opposed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and business groups but passed by a wide margin.

In November, Tucson voters approved a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2025.

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