People under 21 and Minor League Ballplayers deserve to be paid a full Minimum Wage

There are two reactionary bills in the Arizona State House that would take away the state minimum wage from people under 21 and Minor League Baseball players during Spring Training.

There are currently two house bills circulating at the Arizona State Legislature that would reduce the minimum wage to federal levels for minor league baseball players during spring training (HB 2180) and young adults under the age of 21 (HB2523).

Both proposals are examples of poor public policy ideas based on “urban legends” that the minimum wage is bad. This will hurt the states’ lower and middle classes.

The minimum wage in Arizona is currently $11.00 an hour. Next year, it will be $12.00 an hour. In some areas of Arizona, like our major urban centers with its higher standards of living, even that minimum level (currently $3.75 higher than the federal level) is not enough for individuals and families to live on.

Imagine the financial hardships that those who will play minor league baseball during spring training or those who are 21 and under would have to endure if their minimum wage was reduced to the federal level. Unlike servers in the food industry who augment their state-mandated reduced minimum wage living by receiving tips, the people impacted if these two measures pass would find it harder to support their families, pay the rent and utilities on their residences, purchase food, buy gas, or pay for the ever-increasing tuition at state community colleges and universities.

These two bills should never become law. Citizens who favor an economy that puts people first and wants the residents of our state to live with a proper minimum (and hopefully living) wage should join legislators of both parties like Pamela Powers Hanley (see link below) in opposing these measures which, if passed into law, will serve to turn the clock back on the vulnerable members of the state’s population.


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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.