Minimum Wage Group Given 30 Days to Collect More Signatures

by Lee Hogan  on Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 9:22 am  

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the group attempting to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour did not meet the required number of valid signatures to have the initiative added to the November ballot.

The group, Give Arkansas a Raise Now, submitted 77,288 signatures for the proposed amendment to be verifed by the Secretary of State's Office. Martin says the group has until Aug. 18 to gather 15,107 more valid signatures to meet the requirement of 62,507.

"In order to be considered valid, there must be sufficient signatures from 15 of the 75 counties across Arkansas along with an affidavit filed with us stating the number of Petition Parts and the total number of signatures," Martin said in a news release.

Arkansas is one of only four states with a minimum wage below the federal wage of $7.25 an hour.

If the proposed amendment makes the ballot and is approved by voters, it would increase the state's minimum wage gradually before reaching $8.50 an hour by 2017.



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