Proposition 206 would raise the state minimum wage to $10 in 2017, then incrementally increasing the minimum wage to $12 per hour by the year 2020. It also entitles employees to earn an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work.

While we are in favor of raising wages and wish all our state’s workers earned gobs of money for their labor, 206 has some major flaws that make it an ill-advised proposition.
Firstly, the sudden rise in salaries would likely decrease overall employment. A full-time minimum wage worker earns $16,744 per year, which would jump to $24,960, an increase in $8,216 per employee.

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Halloween is by far the biggest holiday in Sedona. Residents and visitors celebrate the holiday with parties, concerts and trick-or-treating all over the city.

When Halloween falls midweek, we have only one real day to dress up and party, but when Halloween falls just after a weekend like it does this year, we can take advantage of several days of parties and events around town.

We recommend you take a look at all the Halloween-related events published in Friday’s edition of The Scene.

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Ever since Yavapai College unveiled its 10-year plan that poured more than $100 million into Prescott and Prescott Valley campuses while giving the Verde Valley mere pittance, the Governing Board has faced justifiable backlash.

First, board member Bob Oliphant resigned. He served the district that represented a good portion of the Verde Valley and saw the move for what it was: A blatant shortchanging of one-third of the college’s taxpayers to placate the majority of the board that lives in the Prescott area.

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Imagine waking up in a world without information provided by newspapers. Not merely the printed newspaper that appears in your driveway or you pick up in a rack at your coffeeshop, gas station or grocery store, but all the news online, the news links on your social media feed, the newsletter in your email inbox, the source an anchor cites in the evening television broadcast or the push notification that pops up on your smartphone.

The word “newspaper” no longer reflects a single subscription product, but the entire media industry.

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Cancer affects us all. Few of us can say we don’t know someone in our family or close circle of friends who has not been diagnosed with cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, coordinated by numerous cancer organizations, who aim to fight this common form of cancer. Larson Newspapers and the advertisers that appear on Page 8A of today’s edition are proud to be among the hundreds of thousands of small businesses that have joined the battle against this diseases.

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We all agree traffic in Sedona is terrible. There has been a steady increase in tourists over the last 20 years, plus a slower growing resident population, compounded by more residents from the Village of Oak Creek and Cottonwood who drive in to work at Sedona businesses.

Comparatively, traffic in a city five miles wide isn’t nearly as congested as other cities with hours-long 20-mile traffic jams or major accidents that shift intra-city freeway traffic onto arterial roads unable to handle the tens of thousands of extra cars.

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