Minimum Wage Amendment Makes the Ballot

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014 11:22 am  

If approved by voters in November, Arkansas' minimum wage would increase gradually from $6.25 to $8.50 per hour by Jan. 1, 2017.

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has announced the proposed amendment to raise Arkansas' minimum wage will be on the general election ballot in November.

The initiative needed 62,507 valid signatures to make the ballot. Martin said the sponsors turned in 129,989 signatures, 70,074 of which have been validated. Signatures are still being verified and the total number could increase.

The measure will appear on the ballot as Issue No. 5. 

If approved, the amendment would increase the state's minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 per hour on Jan. 1, $8.00 on Jan. 1, 2016, and then $8.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017.

The general election is set for Nov. 4.



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