LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas state senator is defending his proposal to exempt some parts of a voter-approved minimum wage hike.
State Senator Bob Ballinger, who represents District 5, said the bill’s goal is to help the state transition to $11 an hour minimum wage without eliminating jobs in the process.
If passed, small businesses with less than 50 employees, along with non-profits and educational institutions, would be exempt from the minimum wage.
The bill also exempts anyone under 18 from the minimum wage increase.
“Within this legislation, it really is just an extension of exceptions that are written into the bill that has been written into the law since way back when the legislature first passed the state minimum wage," Ballinger said. “So this just provides for exceptions to cover a little more territory than what was provided before.”
The bill is currently on the deferred list.
To see the bill, click here.