Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley has refused to stop Arizona’s new minimum wage increase from taking effect January 1.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, together with other business groups, filed a lawsuit challenging Proposition 206 in attempt to block it from becoming effective.
Judge Kiley said that the legitimate issues raised by the plaintiffs did not outweigh the burden employees would face if the minimum-wage increase were delayed.
Under Proposition 206, Arizona’s minimum wage will increase to $10 in 2017 and then incrementally to $12 by 2020. The law also created a right to paid sick time.