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A group called Give Arkansas A Raise Now is proposing a ballot measure to raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour over a two-year period.

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Arkansas, Pages 9 on 12/18/2013

Print Headline: Group submits minimum-wage ballot title

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  • LETSBEREALISTIC
    December 18, 2013 at 7:21 a.m.

    This is just one more stupid attempt of the liberal left to create havoc in our economy and kill jobs. The only people who make minimum wage are predominately entry level fast food industry and other low skill entry jobs. If a person applies themselves and has any work ethic and skill at all they quickly advance in wage compensation, because workers that stay on the job and preform are hard to find at this level. Get real people how many of these entry level jobs do you want to kill and deprive people of job opportunities. Tell the liberal to go to Somalia.

  • Dontcallmenames
    December 18, 2013 at 8:32 a.m.

    What a brilliant idea! I vote let's raise the minimum wage to $10/hour, no $12.50/hour, no $15.00/hour, no $17.50/hour, no $20.00/hour, no wait…let's make it $50.00/hour. Then we'll make mean o'l businesses buy all their employees a car and pay for their car insurance. I mean everyone needs a car, right? And a house, someone needs to pay for my house insurance, because it everyone needs a house, right? You must hate the poor if you don't agree with all my proposals!

  • Packman
    December 18, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.

    "Copley, a United Methodist minister and political activist, said Give Arkansas A Raise Now primarily will use paid signature-gatherers...." Will be interesting to see if Copley pays his signature gatherers a "living wage" including health care and benefits, or if he is just your run of the mill garden variety liberal hypocrite.
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    Hmmmm, AFL-CIO, NAACP, Trial Lawyers Association....the usual band of liberals that support the notion of using other people's money to buy votes. What, could they not find anyone with Occupy Arkansas to sign on as sponsor? Anything Big Union, Big Race Baiters, and Big Law supports is generally bad for hard working Americans.

  • drs01
    December 18, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.

    If you are making minimum wage,
    1. You are the "non-essential" person who is told to stay home in a snow storm
    2. You dropped out of high school because you wanted a baby
    3. You dropped out of grade school because the third grade was the 3 best years of your life.
    4. You have decided on a career in fast food
    5. You quit Sonic when they dropped the roller skates

  • FreeSpiritMan
    December 18, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.

    lbreal ......... that's the same thing that been said against raising the minimum wage for decades and has never proved to be correct. Do you think Burger King is now paying for employees they do not need? The conservatives have been wrong on this for years, but they just keep showing their ignorance.

  • Whippersnapper
    December 18, 2013 at 10:52 a.m.

    Hey BS Boy,
    You haven't seen any ATMs lately, have you? You also haven't seen any self-checkout lines in the grocery store, right? No pay at the pump options anywhere?
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    The fact is that folks on the front line in the service industry have been gradually replaced by machines because it is getting to be more cost effective. In the early 90s I worked at a grocery store that would have 20 checkers and 20 baggers working during busy times on weekends and late afternoons. Banks used to have places for 8-10 tellers to serve customers simultaneously. Good luck finding that anywhere today.
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    Restaurants are working with self-serve ordering kiosks, and an expanded use of autonomous floor scrubbing robots is likely not far away. The simple fact is that jobs which used to be done by people when the minimum wage was $4.25 per hour are being done more by machines now that it's $7.25 per hour. The simple fact is that cost push inflation has caused prices to go up after every minimum wage increase, making it so that the minimum wage worker can't afford any more and the workers making more than minimum wage (whose wages don't go up) can afford even less.

  • Populist
    December 18, 2013 at 1:47 p.m.

    Whippersnapper makes some very good points. While I agree that it is ridiculous to raise the wage very much, a slight increase is in order given the fact that the wage is pretty low. The best way to help poor people is to improve the schools including necessary counseling, career advice, and family planning. It is totally ridiculous that our country has to import nurses and technicians because we are doing such a poor job of educating children.

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