A Better Region 8: Your thoughts on minimum wage initiative

A Better Region 8: Your thoughts on minimum wage initiative

We spend a lot of time giving our opinions during the Better Region 8 editorials. Now it's time to hear what you have to say. Earlier this week, we talked about a group working to get last minute signatures to add a proposal to the November ballot that would raise Arkansas' minimum wage. And here's what some of you had to say.

Tracey Wicker says: "So we let a small business stay afloat while all of the minimum wage workers barely make it? No we don't."

Cathy Hall - "I've worked at my job for over 16 years. I've worked hard to learn my position and have attended classes and seminars over the years to improve my standing and knowledge of my position. If the minimum wage is raised by that much it makes my salary less. Raising minimum wage not only makes my salary worth less but prices will increase more than the amount of the raise and the employers that pay minimum wage will hire less making the already high unemployment higher. I think this is a bad idea all the way around."

Erin Lynn "There has to be a compromise made here somewhere. Just because there is a minimum wage, this doesn't mean all companies have to pay the minimum wage. Allow the small businesses to remain small, if necessary. The well established companies, on the other hand, could and should pay more. These fast food restaurants, retail stores, and multinational corporations have the money and could pay their employees accordingly. It's too bad the minimum wage isn't based by company type instead of state and national standards."

Robert Owens - "My thoughts are minimum wage is for training employees it is not intended to be a sole living wage when the wage goes up everything goes up with it therefore it doesn't help anyone."

We certainly thank everyone who took the time to share their opinions with us and it's our mission to keep the lines of communication open. If you have comments on this or any subject, email us at abetterregion8@kait8.com

Taking the time to let us know what's on your mind will make this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager