Hardware Retailing

OCT 2016

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86 HARDWARE RETAILING | October 2016 Last Word W age laws have inspired debate and concern all throughout 2016, and those conversations will continue into November's general election. Multiple states will vote on proposed changes to minimum wage rules. A few states are considering other retail- or business-related issues, as described below. For some retailers' perspectives on politics and public service, turn to Page 60. Arizona If passed, Proposition 206 would increase the state minimum wage from $8.05 to $12 per hour by the year 2020 and require employers to allow workers to earn paid time off for every 30 hours worked. California Proposition 67 would modify the plastic bag ban, which requires stores to charge for shopping bags. The change would require money earned off the bags to be paid to the state's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Fund. Colorado Amendment 70 would increase the state minimum wage from $8.31 per hour to $12 per hour by the year 2020. Amendment 69 would establish a statewide system to finance healthcare services and create new income taxes to fund the program. Maine Question 4 would increase the state minimum wage from $7.50 to $12 per hour by the year 2020, and also increase the minimum wage of service employees who receive tips to $5 per hour. South Dakota Referred Law 20 would decrease the hourly minimum wage for nontipped workers younger than age 18 from $8.55 per hour to $7.50 per hour. Initiated Measure 23 would give businesses and nonprofits the right to charge fees for any service provided. Washington Initiative Measure 1433 would increase minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 per hour by the year 2020 and require employers to provide paid sick leave to workers. A Quick Look What Business Issues Will Be on State Ballots in November?

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