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The reason Arizona workers make less money is due to several factors - the MAIN ONE being that Arizona is a "right-to-work" state. That prompts employers to keep wages and benefits low - and employers in Arizona are basically CHEAP (conservatives) and want people to work very hard for very little money. Arizona is also a "border" state, which means that desperate people from other countries come here to try and find work, legally or illegally, and are willing to work for less than the average Arizona worker, who is already being scr***d - making these employers the ones responsible for low wages, as they make it known there are jobs available that "sound good" to illegal immigrants. Then, of course, there's Janice Brewer - 'nough said, there. UGH!!!
You are wrong in your belief that a right to work state means lower wages. Is all it means is that you can't be forced to join a union or be fired for not joining one. There are lots of unions in Arizona but it is up to each person if they want to join. Look around at how unions have ruined businesses. Read this:
Arizona is a Right to Work state. Often there is confusion as to what that means. Many people believe it means that you can be fired from your job without explanation, and they are, therefore, reluctant to live and work in a Right to Work state. That is not the basis of the Right to Work concept. A Right to Work law guarantees that no person can be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or not to join, or to pay dues to a labor union. In other words, if you work in a Right to Work state, like Arizona, and the employees form a union, you may not be fired if you decide not to join. Likewise, if you are a member of a union in a Right to Work state, and you decide to resign from the union, you may not be fired for that reason.
Here is how Arizona's Constitution, article XXV, reads:
Right to work or employment without membership in labor organization
No person shall be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of non-membership in a labor organization, nor shall the State or any subdivision thereof, or any corporation, individual or association of any kind enter into any agreement, written or oral, which excludes any person from employment or continuation of employment because of non-membership in a labor organization. (Addition approved election Nov. 5, 1946, eff. Nov. 25, 1946; amended November 30, 1982.)
No amount of lower taxes could induce Californians to move to AZ because, largely due to unions, CA wages are 20-25% higher on average than AZ. AZ would have to end all state taxes and replace them with a lifelong yearly "move to AZ" subsidy to compete with that.
Why any Arizonans continue to buy the “lower tax” snake oil, despite all evidence to the contrary, remains a mystery.
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