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House panel rejects raising minimum wage

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published March 5, 2013 at 7:05 a.m. Updated March 5, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.

An Arkansas House panel has rejected a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage.

By a 6-10 vote, the House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor on Tuesday rejected the measure that would have increased the state's minimum wage by $2 to $8.25. Two Democrats joined with Republicans on the panel to prevent the bill from advancing.

Some Arkansas workers are currently subject to the higher, federal minimum wage of $7.25.

The measure would have continued to exempt students working part-time from the full minimum wage.

Democratic Rep. Butch Wilkins of Bono, the sponsor of the bill, said it's unlikely he'll bring it up again this session.

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JIMBOB47 says... March 5, 2013 at 8:25 a.m.

Too many of the 'workers' today aren't worth the $7.25. Raising it to 8.25 just guarantees the business owners will have to cut back. If you can't PRODUCE $7.25- worth of effort in an hour, what makes you think they'll pay you $8.25? I've always believed 'minimum wage' was a government's way of invoking UNIONISM.

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PenLR says... March 5, 2013 at 8:53 a.m.

Too many of the jobs today aren't worth $7.25, much less $8.25. Minimum wage should be motivation to learn more and get out of dead end jobs. Dead end jobs are necessary but do not deserve more than $7.25 an hour.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 5, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Another aspect of the minimum wage. Union wages are predicated to the minimum wage in the form of a ratio, thus the higher the minimum wage, the higher a union member will be paid, and as per capitalism that cost will be past on down to the end consumer also.
This could also push lots of folks into a higher tax bracket, so in the short term it would look good till tax time for State and Federal income filings.
What the Arkansas legsulators should be doing is tax reform for the folks.

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Concerned_Citizen says... March 5, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.

I''m sure glad we have Jimbob & penber deciding who deserves what by their standards!! Must be the same standards I've heard all my life by the older folk....and I'm not young!! And no, the argument owners will have to cut back has been defeated several times. Like everytime the minimum wage is raised, miraculously owners hire more employees. Can't be because there is more people spending their higher wages.......

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... March 5, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

The only workers that make minimum wage are into level who readily move above this if they have decent work ethic and those that are not worth anymore who will get cut with this move. The inflation rate has been nil for 4-5 years and unemployment is high. This is a dumb move on the part of the House.

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Jackabbott says... March 5, 2013 at 1:01 p.m.

No give the subsidies to the Koch Brothers and to Entergy for rate hikes so they can pass it along to their customers in Louisiana and Mississippi. But keep the "corporate slaves" in their place. Give them guns and expand Medicad.

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lazybar says... March 5, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

this will only cause the rate of inflation to rise but i bet the pay rates for the middle class does not rise 25%.

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rainbowharold55 says... March 5, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.

Our folks are way too busy invading vaginas and arming everyone to do something decent. And needed.

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picksooie says... March 5, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.

Jimbo, raising minimum wage $1/hr doesn't guarantee business owner will have to cut back. You need to cite reliable sources with data to back a statement like that up. And Penber, thank you so much for deciding who deserves what.

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