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Petitions submitted for Arkansas minimum wage increase

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 7, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A group campaigning to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage has turned in more than 77,000 signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot.

Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petitions Monday to put its proposed initiated act on the ballot. The group said it turned in 77,288 signatures for the proposal. Initiated acts need at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters. Monday is the deadline to submit petitions for initiatives.

The proposal would raise Arkansas' minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Arkansas is one of only four states with a minimum wage lower than the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.

The proposal is backed by Arkansas' top Democratic candidates, who view it as a potential campaign issue in the November election

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tesbrown1101071440 says... July 7, 2014 at 12:49 p.m.

Because Arkansas does not want anyone to make any money. that's why we lose a lot of our people to other states.

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LevyRat says... July 7, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Minimum wage is for workers that are so sorry that they can't find a decent job. Get off the weed, take and bath and look for work. Work is not a birthright even though the TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS would like to make you believe that it is.
Don't start whinning about "hard times" and there being no jobs available, 12 million illegal mexicans would beg to differ. One exception, if you live in Helena, move!

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GrimReaper says... July 7, 2014 at 3:13 p.m.

Yeah! But why not make it $20 an hour.......that's a nice round figure and the workers will love it.

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Vickie55 says... July 7, 2014 at 3:40 p.m.

Arkansas minimum wage is below federal. Which means that the federal wage is the minimum wage in Arkansas, whatever the state statute says.

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GCW says... July 7, 2014 at 4:16 p.m.

The reality is a worker who is now earning more than minimum wage will suffer because their next raise they earned by being dependable and sticking with their job will go to somebody who just walked in the door.

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jmg1232 says... July 7, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

I wonder how much the flood of unskilled "visitors" from Mexico and South America has attenuated the growth in the natural minimum wage.

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Reason says... July 7, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

Arkansas right to work state will always be poor. That is why we need unions!

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3rdWorldState says... July 7, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

The opposition was OK with the minimum wage when they were growing up. But now they don't like it or even want a mw. Minimum wage, when we were growing up, was worth more than it is now (based on inflation; and don't get me started on productivity) so why is it wrong for people today to want a minimum wage worth what we had? Seems fair.
Even Mitt Romeny knows you better throw the minions a bone every now and again or they will save their money (or steal) for pitch forks.

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lazybar says... July 7, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

reason how exactly will unions help? if all low skilled workers went union are you prepared for a 100percent price increase for the service they provide? are you prepared for more companies to find ways to hire illegals off the books? why do you think caterpillar moved most of its manufactoring overseas? thats a easy one a better product at lower wages.

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Packman says... July 7, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.

Anyone know why they stopped at $8.50? Is $8.50 considered a "living wage"?
Hey tesbrown - Yea, that's why they're building that massive steel mill in Blytheville. Look at all those people working at that mill we will be losing to other states. SMH at your lack of critical thought.
Hey Vickie - Except that many businesses calculate wages based on the state minimum and when that rises so do the calculations regardless of the federal wage. A raise in the minimum wage is an artificial increase in the cost of goods or services because it adds no value to that good or service - which is a perfect recipe for inflation and destruction of the value of the dollar that harms most greatly poor folks. But don't break this news to liberal do-gooders. They are a little to self-righteous to understand.

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