MARCH 17, 2006 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee says he supports raising the minimum wage above the current $5.15 per hour rate. The governor says he may include a proposal in his call for a special legislative session. But that's only if House and Senate members can agree on a proposal in advance.
The coalition Give Arkansas A Raise Now, which includes a clergy members, unions and community groups, is collecting signatures in an effort to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the November 7 ballot.
Huckabee told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in an interview that he believes it would be better to raise the minimum wage through a statute rather than an amendment.
The proposed amendment would boost the minimum wage by a dollar. One legislative proposal being discussed would push the wage to $6.25 per hour.