Huckabee Says He'll Consider Law Raising Minimum Wage

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.

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