Arkansas Minimum Wage Increase Ballot Initiative Falls Short Of Signature Goal
LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – A ballot initiative to increase the Arkansas minimum wage did not meet the required number of signatures to get on the November ballot, according to the Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office.
The signatures were originally submitted on July 7, and a total of 62,507 valid signatures were needed to get the ballot initiative approved, according to Little Rock attorney David Couch.
The group behind the initiative, Give Arkansas A Raise Now, aims to raise the Arkansas minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2017, according to their website.
The group now has 30 more days to close the gap and get the remaining signatures, or they will not appear on the November ballot, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin.