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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas election officials say a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage needs at least 15,107 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday released the number of signatures the petitions needed for Give Arkansas a Raise Now to win a spot on the ballot. Martin's office Friday told the group it needed more signatures, but did not yet have an exact figure.

The group has been given until Aug. 18 to submit additional petitions.

The proposal would gradually raise Arkansas minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

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  • RestoftheStory
    July 23, 2014 at 11:16 a.m.

    An increase in Minimum Wage will accomplish nothing. Prices will increase so you are right back where you started. When Jimmy Carter was President, prices went through the roof because his solution for everything was to spend and cower down to the Iranians and Russians.
    If you want more money, learn a trade or go to college. Find a way to earn an honest living.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    July 23, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

    Concentration is such an ignorant drone/ditto head of the right wing. CNA's are paid minimum wage who care for the disabled through the health department as contract employees and did not have health care until Obamacare, yet CONCENTRATION thinks these people do not earn an honest living. I'll bet he professes to be a Christian as well. Regarding Iranians Google "Operation Ajax" to see where that got us. This is the thinking of people who can not think for themselves and do not research topics in order to present the facts.

  • Packman
    July 23, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.

    Hey FSM - Why stop at $8.50/hr? Do you consider that amount to be a "living wage"?

  • GoBigRed
    July 23, 2014 at 12:35 p.m.

    Hey Packman - Why pay $8.50. Why not roll back to 10 cents an hour or a dollar a day for a 12 hour shift?

  • FreeSpiritMan
    July 23, 2014 at 12:40 p.m.

    Packman .... we don't need your kind of logic.By your logic I could say why not $75 per hour. But, packman the amount of the raise had nothing to do with my comment, it was in response to concentration's statement "Find a way to earn an honest living"

  • FreeSpiritMan
    July 23, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

    Yea, packman growers use to pay $2.00 per day for 12 hours work to farm workers in 1962.
    All of you right wing business owners would love to go back to those wages I am sure.

  • dumblikeme
    July 23, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.

    Why don't they just hire a bunch of folks to gather more signatures...Or would that cost too much at $6.25 an hour?

  • Vickie55
    July 23, 2014 at 1:13 p.m.

    And where were these petitions being circulated? I was never asked to sign one. Petitions for alcohol sales or medical marijuana were in my face practically on my front doorstep.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    July 23, 2014 at 1:25 p.m.

    Yea, I will sign all three.

  • carpenterretired
    July 23, 2014 at 1:39 p.m.

    Tales of doom and gloom have been told about increasing the minimum wage since FDR started it at 25 cents a hour in 1938, yet the tales have never turned out to be true, as the wage increases have caused increased economic activity that created more jobs than were lost.