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McDaniel's office approves minimum wage ballot proposal

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 3, 2014 at 3:38 p.m.

The Arkansas attorney general's office has approved the wording of a ballot proposal that would raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour by 2017.

The proposal by the group Give Arkansas a Raise Now got the nod Friday and can begin gathering voter signatures. Organizers want to get the measure on the November ballot.

The initiated act would raise the current minimum wage of $6.25 per hour to $7.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015. One year later, it would go up 50 cents to $8 per hour and would top out on Jan. 1, 2017, at $8.50 per hour.

Backers of the measure need 62,507 verified signatures of registered voters to place the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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Dontcallmenames says... January 3, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

We should raise it to $15 an hour so everybody vote "no" on this

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MATYCHY says... January 3, 2014 at 5:31 p.m.

The 7.25 being paid now is so wrong. That is not a living wage. By 2017 8.50 will not be a living wage, unless of course the cost of living goes way down. We all know that will not happen. Get real.

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GrimReaper says... January 3, 2014 at 7:17 p.m.

The essential question is just how do you determine how much constitutes a 'living wage'? There are billions of people in the world living on less than the $6.25 Arkansas current minimum. Many live on less than $6.25 a day. 'Living wage' is a political term with a political agenda. The higher the wage the higher the cost of living.

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aimee says... January 3, 2014 at 9:15 p.m.

People who oppose raising the minimum wage to a living wage should be forced to substitute the minimum for THEIR OWN wage..!!!
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"The higher the wage the higher the cost of living." = a Republican lie.. No reliable proof can be found..!!! Only Faux News talking points that they treat as fact..!!!

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GrimReaper says... January 3, 2014 at 10:19 p.m.

aimee, you seem to be moving ever deeper into a state of self delusion where you believe that your assertions represent truth simply because you made them..!!!

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... January 4, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.

Raising the minimum wage will only kill jobs for teens and very low skilled workers. Those who might enter the workforce at a minimum wage job quickly get wage increases if they show up regularly, have reasonable job skills and do a good job. And if they don't have these three attributes they are no longer in that job. Arkansas is not exactly a magnet for industries that create jobs, so why make it less attractive with this liberal left policy. A free market will drive wages hirer long before union mentality will get there.

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JessePinkman says... January 4, 2014 at 1:52 p.m.

Yes let's have everyone who opposes raising the minimum wage have to live on that wage no matter what they do. Aimee does not believe in earning what you have; it's better to have it given to you for no work. I'm fine with raising it but stupid idiots like aimee will always screw it up by wanting to pay burger flippers $40K/year

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 4, 2014 at 6:51 p.m.

Aimee, a company must have a potential growth of ten percent. That could be quarterly, yearly, or even in a, say five year cycle. Yes, this is a wide variance, but there are wide variables of unknown risk and type(s) of company(s).
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When a company's “sustainability” is compromised, and wages are the highest cost of operations, (which they are always) employees will loss their jobs, and or price hikes take effect. So raising the min wage would be one of those compromising effects.
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LETSBEREALISTIC Has pointed it out very well, as has others like whippersnapper, Grim. The list could go on.
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Parroting Socialist ideas and experiments that have failed in history just goes to show the lack of knowable education in history you have.
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The results are in for 2013; aimee and goo tied for parroting, but aimee won hands down the useful idiot award. Bless her heart.

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GrimReaper says... January 4, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.

DDDKA,
While I would agree that aimee won the award, I would not say hands down. goo goo put in a very respectable performance of being 'useful' for the men behind the curtain pulling the strings. Squawk..Squawk..!!!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 4, 2014 at 7:56 p.m.

So noted.

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