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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has rejected efforts to scale back a minimum wage increase that voters approved last year, voting down proposals to exempt many from the promised pay hikes.

The House on Monday rejected by a 42-34 vote a proposal to exempt workers under the age of 19 from future increases promised under the voter-backed measure that gradually raises the state's minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2021. Arkansas' minimum wage increased from $8.50 an hour to $9.25 in January under the measure and will increase to $10 next year.

The House also voted 45-29 to reject a proposal to exempt small businesses and some nonprofits.

The proposals would have kept pay at $9.25 an hour for those exempted.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson last month said he opposed the measures.


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  • Illinoisroy
    April 1, 2019 at 3:26 p.m.

    win for the good guys.

  • RBear
    April 1, 2019 at 4:07 p.m.

    Agree IR. Good work by the AR Lege to prevent turning back the will of the voter.

  • Foghorn
    April 1, 2019 at 4:16 p.m.

    I would call it obvious work, not necessarily good work. This idiot ledge certainly doesn’t deserve a ‘good boy’ for doing the obviously right thing.

  • Toenails
    April 1, 2019 at 4:44 p.m.

    The minimum wage increase was an asinine proposal put forth to put the screws to the people. I would wager that most supporters have no clue of the negative impact on workers that proposal will have. The legislature certainly shouldn't try to overturn the will of the people no matter how stupid the exercise of that will is.

  • information19
    April 1, 2019 at 5:39 p.m.

    finally, a good decision and move on their part