As we bring in the new year there are some new state laws taking effect will have a broad impact. From an increase in minimum wage to elementary schools now being required to provide two recess periods to students.
Starting this month, the hourly minimum wage in the state will increase 50-cents to $11.00 per hour. It’s the third of four annual increases mandated by voters back in 2016.
“I think it’s absolutely great,” said teenager Alexis White who is excited about the boost in pay as she begins her time in the workforce.
But Corrine Bobbie isn’t as thrilled. Her family runs a restaurant and she’s worried the increase will cause a ripple effect that could hurt business.
Another law that is going into effect is a new fee for drivers. All Arizona car and truck owners will pay a $32.00 “public safety fee” when they renew their vehicle registration.
Also, a new law goes into effect that requires public schools in the state to provide at least two recess periods per day for students kindergarten through fifth grade.