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Ballot Initiative Would Raise AR Minimum Pay to $8.50 An Hour

A group calling itself "Give Arkansas A Raise Now" filed a ballot initiative Tuesday to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas by $2.25 over the next three years.
Little Rock -- (KARK) A group calling itself "Give Arkansas A Raise Now" filed a ballot initiative Tuesday to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas by $2.25 over the next three years.

The proposal would raise the minimum wage to $7.50 in 2015 and increase by 50 cents each of the next two years, topping out at $8.50 in 2017.

Pastor Stephen Copley of North Little Rock says the targeted wage increase is still below the proposed $10 per hour rate being considered on the federal level.

"You try to find a figure that you think folks will be agreeable to that will somehow pass," Copley says.

If the language of the ballot initiative is approved by the Attorney General, supporters would have until next July to collect the needed 62,507 signatures from Arkansas registered voters to appear on the November 2014 ballot.

Arkansas is one of four states that has a minimum wage ($6.25) below the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.








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