Arizona bill would lower minimum wage for students

PHOENIX — Employers would be able to pay full-time students less than Arizona’s minimum wage under legislation given preliminary approval in the state House on Wednesday.

The bill, which is likely to be challenged in court if it becomes law, seeks to get around the 2016 ballot measure that raised the minimum wage in phases to $12 per hour in 2020.

Republican Rep. Travis Grantham’s measure would allow businesses to pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 to full-time students up to age 22 working up to 20 hours per week. He said it would help combat youth unemployment and help businesses boost their workforce for low-skilled tasks for which they can’t afford to pay people $12 an hour.

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