Party's State Committee Hears Pitch for Minimum-Wage Measure

March 18, 2006 - Posted at 8:51 p.m. CST

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) _ Promoters of a constitutional amendment

to raise the state's minimum wage made a pitch today to members of

the Arkansas Democratic Party's state committee.

Party spokesman Bart Haynie says the 180 of 420 committee

members were on hand in Hot Springs for the meeting. The members

were encouraged to return home and have their county committees

take a position.

The member heard from the Reverend Stephen Copley, who chairs

the coalition Give Arkansas A Raise Now. The group is gathering

signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment to raise the

minimum wage from five-dollars-15-cents per hour to


There is also a move to pass a law, rather than an amendment, to

put the raise in effect.

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