Thousands of AZ minimum wage workers worry they will lose their pay raises

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The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to Prop. 206. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to Prop. 206. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Garrick Taylor with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce says Prop. 206 should have never been on the ballot in the first place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Garrick Taylor with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce says Prop. 206 should have never been on the ballot in the first place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Bill Scheel said he can't imagine the Arizona Supreme Court taking away pay raises from hundreds of thousands of people but it is possible. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Bill Scheel said he can't imagine the Arizona Supreme Court taking away pay raises from hundreds of thousands of people but it is possible. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Araceli Gonzalez said the higher minimum wage has had a huge impact on her family. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Araceli Gonzalez said the higher minimum wage has had a huge impact on her family. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Another controversy - another court battle involving the state's minimum wage increase.

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to Prop. 206, the minimum wage hike initiative that voters passed back in November.

Araceli Gonzalez of Phoenix can't stress enough what a difference an extra $2 an hour has made on her family.

The mother of six is one of thousands of workers who got a bump in pay Jan. 1 when Arizona's minimum wage hike took affect.

Now there's a chance that extra income will be taken away.

"It's like, let me give you a lollipop and just take it away when you have your mouth open. It's not fair," Araceli Gonzalez, a minimum wage worker, said.

A coalition of business groups claims Prop. 206 is unconstitutional because it never provided a funding source to offset the extra money the state has to spend.

Garrick Taylor with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce says Prop. 206 should have never been on the ballot in the first place.

"We're not arguing it on a policy level. We're talking about constitutionality. Mainly, we don't believe proponents properly identified a revenue source for its effect on the general fund," Taylor said.

Bill Scheel headed up the Prop. 206 effort.

He can't imagine the Arizona Supreme Court taking away pay raises from hundreds of thousands of people but it is possible.

[RELATED: Minimum wage initiative could provide raises for 700,000 Arizonans (Oct. 17, 2016)]

"Think about someone who has been making $8.05 an hour and got a raise to $10, able to put and save money, pay some bills. Now to have that taken away could be really terrifying for a family," Scheel said.

The Arizona Supreme Court is set to hear the minimum wage challenge on March 9.

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