Senator Endorsing Minimum Wage Hike In Arkansas

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United States Senator Mark Pryor has formally endorsed a proposal to raise the minimum wage in all of Arkansas.

Officials said the initiative will need 62,507 signatures of registered votes by July 7 for it to appear on the ballot in November.

Pryor spoke at a function in Little Rock on Saturday (Feb. 22) that the proposal is just the right thing to do.

The proposal would raise the state’s current $6.25 per hour minimum wage to $7.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015; to $8 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016, and to $8.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017.

Arkansas is one of only four states in the nation where the minimum wage is lower than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Pryor is a Democrat running for re-election.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton said he plans to challenge Pryor.


  • wageslave

    this is propaganda.. as soon as the minimum wage goes up, milk will go up to 6 dollars per gallon, gas will go up to $4.75, inflation will skyrocket. the real solution to the problem of poverty is all of the broke people need to come together and stop working, neighbors rally and do not allow foreclosures to take place. poor people unite. start taking what you want.

  • wageslave

    the idea that I should have to work 3 jobs to afford to buy a home in shadow valley comes from some soft little greedy pudgebowl whom profits off of the backs of poor people. even if I work 3 jobs my credit still wouldn’t be good enough. .there is a false assumption here in America that someone that is not financially entitled should work themselves into the dirt to obtain anything nice. I do not agree. I believe that everyone should be entitled to the same things without one class or group of people being subservient and indentured to another group of people. most poor people aren’t lazy. and a lot of the people who have more money then they could ever spend had it passed down to them or obtained because of family connections.. someday you will no longer be able to enslave poor people.. poor people will wake up and refuse to demean themselves in factories and on construction sites.. they will refuse to be your workhorses. then who will build your malls and restraunts?

    • Kevin

      What would be the point of owning a company or going to college for 8 years if you are just going to get the same thing as someone who bags groceries?

  • Larry

    You would do well under Communisum. Don’t blame those who have gotten an education or work hard for your lack of motivation.

  • txkreddog

    Pryor, like the other democrats desperate to return to the Senate, is all in favor of Obama’s wealth redistribution plan. Economics 101, and common sense, should tell the average person that raising the minimum wage will result in fewer jobs and higher prices. Minimum wage was never intended to be a living wage, it was a starting point, not an end. Those “poor people” remain poor because they keep doing what it is that makes them poor. In America, if you are poor, it’s your own fault, not someone else’s. The parasites feeding at the government trough are not entitled to what those who actually work for a living earn. Let the free market dictate wages, not government. Government runs nothing well, not social security, medicare, EPA, or any of the other feel-food socialist programs or alphabet agencies. To those whining about low minimum wages, I say improve your work skills, education, and goals, and you won’t make minimum wage for long. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will continue getting what you’ve always gotten.

  • JR Gibbs

    I made $1.35 an hour at my 1st job. That was minimum wage. Those making minimum wage now live about the same as I did then. $1.35 inspired me to get an education, work hard and rise above that. I did. If you want more wealth it is not the wage, but prices. When I was making $1.35, gasoline was .27 cents per gallon. Multiply that by 6 and fuel should be $1.62 not $3.25 per. That cost translates to higher prices at the store for shipping. If we became fuel independent minimum wage would be a living wage. As soon as you raise minimum, fuel will cost $5.00 or $6.00 per. The minimum wage is just a number. Another number that costs more is medical. In 1971 I went to the Dr. The office visit was $10. X-ray was $12.50 and antibiotic was $3.02. I had upper respiratory problem. I had the flu in Jan 2012. I went to a clinic and saw a nurse not a Dr. $85. antibiotic $81.40 and a miscellaneous charge of $65? Glad I didn’t need an X-ray. This is a stunt by Pryor or any politician that pushes this insanity. If you made $100 an hour to make hamburgers (my 1st job) you would be living the same. Work hard, get an education or learn a trade and that is how you do better.

  • Sarah 1

    Good for you Mark Pryor.

    My friends who work at Wal-Mart make eight dollars an hour. They receive Medicaid and food stamps. I am opposed to the federal government using my taxpayer monies to fund full time employees. If you want to begin the minimum wage at age twenty-one that is suitable but thirty year old women need more than eight dollars an hour. They have rent, car payment, utilities, just like anyone else. They have no hope of a new handbag or new dress since they never know when the brakes will go out on the car, they slip and fall on the ice therefore no income from work, or an increase in their housing costs throws their already rigid budget out of whack.

    WalMart is world famous. They donate to the U of A, almost every local charity, they have given northwest Arkansas a massive economic boon, so why not pay the checkers ten dollars an hour. Do you doubt WalMart could afford it? Even Waste Management starts employees around fifteen to eighteen dollars an hour? My parents knew employees that became millionaire’s with Sam’s generous stock policies. Mr. Walton would not like today’s policies.

    What say you naysayers?

  • Yellow Card

    There should be an increase of the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
    That is the right thing to do and that is the decent thing to do.

  • Elaphas Maximus

    Pryor is desperate. He knows there are fools who will follow him because they have no concept of economic reality. Raising the min wage will raise everything else and jobs will be lost. But that doesn’t matter to him. He just wants your vote.

    • Sarah 1

      Who are you kidding? All prices go up whether minimum wages advance or not. lation. Still at $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009, after the last of a series of increases signed into law by President George W. Bush

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