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Arizona minimum wage set to increase Monday

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TUCSON - Frank Silverman owns Midtown Tavern on Prince Rd. and 1st Ave. 

His livelihood depends on customers walking through his door. He argues when Arizona voters decided to hike up the state's minimum wage from $8.05 to $10.00 in November 2016, he was feeling the pinch every day. 

"It shocked me," Silverman said. "It cost me approximately $4,000 a month employing 12 to 15 people, that's a big hit for a small business owner," he added. 

The group Living United For change in Arizona headed the effort to get Prop 206 on the ballot in the fall of 2016. It passed overwhelmingly. 

"Before the minimum wage, there was no way without working two to three jobs I was going to support myself," Amanda Villa, a spokeswoman for LUCHA said.  "As a homeowner, as a student, it just wasn't going to happen."

On Monday, the $10.00 wage goes up to $10.50 on New Year's Day. 

"It does improve our economy greatly," Villa said. "It does provide businesses to create more jobs and it will give families a much larger sense of stability moving forward." 

Frank Silverman is concerned about what he calls an unavoidable trickle down in the bar business.

Food prices are going to increase, the beer prices are going to increase," Silverman said. "If everybody is good with that, then we're okay. That's that's the bottom line. the prices are going to go up. People have to understand that."  

As part of Prop 206, minimum wage increases to $10.50 Monday, $11.00 in 2019 and $12.00 in 2020. 

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