Huckabee Signs Minimum Wage Bill Into Law

APRIL 10, 2006 - Posted at 3:29 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas' minimum wage will rise this fall by $1.10 under legislation signed into law today by Governor Huckabee.

The measure will bring the minimum hourly wage to $6.25, effective October 1.

The increase is the first in Arkansas since 1997.

The minimum wage hike was proposed during a special legislative session last week as part of a $1 minimum wage increase on the November ballot.  That proposal would have included the increase in the state's constitution, making it harder to alter the proposal later.  The ballot measure would have required an annual inflationary adjustment.

The Reverend Stephen Copley, chairman of Give Arkansas A Raise Now, says his coalition of church and community groups is abandoning the ballot measure now that the wage hike has been enacted.  The group backed the effort in the Legislature.

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