A bridge has collapsed on Interstate Ten in southeastern California, shutting down the main route between Phoenix and Los Angeles indefinitely. Doug Nintzel of the Arizona Department of Transportation will being us up to date.
In order to help bridge the gap between the state legislature and the general public, a new non-profit has been formed. The Arizona Voices Institute provides a web site where people can rate a bill and give ideas to state lawmakers. Steve Betts, board chairman of the Arizona Voices Institute, will tell us more.
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) provides a variety of services to people with disabilities. ABIL President and CEO Phil Pangrazio talks about the organization and its Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center (SpoFit), one of two centers in the U.S. that is specifically designed for individuals who have various types of disabilities.
The unintended consequences from increasing the minimum wage to $6.75 are at the center of a conflict between groups advocating for the same people: disabled workers. Prior to the passage of the measure, disabled workers could be paid less than minimum wage depending on their capabilities. Some advocacy groups say disabled workers should be paid at least the minimum wage, others say the loophole allowing lower wages give disabled workers the opportunity to be employed. A bill circulating at the state legislature would allow disabled workers to earn less than the minimum wage. We look at all sides of the issue.
Construction of the METRO light rail project is well underway. The bridge over Town Lake Bridge is almost completed and the Light Rail trains are currently being manufactured in Japan. Valley Metro CEO Rick Simonetta, appears on HORIZON to give us an update.