Signature Drive Readied for Minimum Wage Proposal

JANUARY 24, 2006 - Posted at 8:19 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state attorney general's office has approved the ballot title of a measure that would increase the state minimum wage.

The ballot item would raise the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.15 an hour.

The Reverend Stephen Copley, chairman of Give Arkansas A Raise Now, says the group will use only volunteers to gather signatures for the proposed constitutional amendment.  Supporters will have to collect 80,570 valid signatures from registered voters to put the measure on the ballot.

Arkansas is one of several states around the country that is considering raising the minimum wage above the current federal minimum of $5.15.  The Arkansas measure also would tie the minimum wage to any increases or decreases in the cost of living as determined by the consumer price index.

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