Pros and cons of possible minimum wage hike - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Pros and cons of possible minimum wage hike

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Worker dies after falling off I-40 bridge

    Worker dies after falling off I-40 bridge

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:39:13 GMT
    (WMC) - Arkansas State Police say it appears a construction or repair worker has fallen off the I-40 bridge near West Memphis. The worker may be alive, and crews are working to get him or her out of the
    Arkansas State Police say a construction or repair worker fell off the Hernando DeSoto bridge on Interstate 40 near West Memphis on Friday.
  • BREAKING

    Jonesboro police chief suspended without pay

    Jonesboro police chief suspended without pay

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:39:06 GMT
    Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates was suspended without pay for a month by Mayor Harold Perrin for comments made about a Jonesboro news reporter.
    Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates was suspended without pay for a month by Mayor Harold Perrin for comments made about a Jonesboro news reporter.
  • Arkansas man catches 3 bears on game camera

    Arkansas man catches 3 bears on game camera

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:08:20 GMT
    One man getting ready for deer and turkey season in Arkansas stumbled upon something much larger.
    One man getting ready for deer and turkey season in Arkansas stumbled upon something much larger.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Arkansans could have a chance to raise the minimum wage if enough signatures are gathered to get the proposal on the November ballot.

Business Owner, Mary Horne, explained how an increase in minimum wage would affect her business.

"It's going to have an effect on the price of the product you buy from me," said Horne. "It's going to affect the amount of customer service I'm able to provide."

Horne said although things like gas and home value have gone up, she doesn't feel the rise in minimum wage would coincide with the price of other things. 

"There is not a direct correlation with the rise in minimum wage, compared to the rise in price you're paying for a product," she said.

If there is a rise in any employee's paycheck she feels it should be done because of their work ethic, not because it's the law.

"You start off at minimum wage and then you're rewarded based on your performance, desire to learn, ability to learn and ability to perform," said Horne. "It's not an entitlement and I don't owe you a pay increase just because you've been with me a certain amount of time."

Employee, Bailee Sims said she sees the pros and cons of both sides.

"If minimum wage does increase the single mother is going to get more money," said Sims. They'll work their same schedule, same money for same amount of time and effort, but is that job the single mom is working going to be able to afford the single mom at a higher rate?"

According to an online article from National Public Radio news, more than 1 out of 10 children in Arkansas have a parent making minimum wage.

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.