On Nov. 8, 2016 Arizona voters passed Proposition 206, known as the Health Working Families Initiative, by a significant margin. Starting in Jan. 2017 Arizona’s minimum wage will be $10 per hour and over the next four years will rise incrementally until it reaches $12 per hour in 2020. Later provisions will require that employers phase-in paid sick time by 2020. The bill, opposed by the Arizona In-Home Care Association may cause a consolidation of care agencies that limits client choice, especially in rural areas. It’s too early to know for certain the total impact of the measure. Watch for updates in future editions.