Minimum Wage Initiative Will Appear On November Ballot
LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Arkansas voters heading to the polls in November will get to decide whether The Natural State will get an increase in its minimum wage, according to a tweet from Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin.
The initiative backed by the group Give Arkansas a Raise will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, the tweet states.
Give Arkansas a Raise first submitted their required signatures to appear on the ballot to Martin’s office on July 7. They submitted more than 77,000 signatures, but after the signatures were verified, they discovered they were short by 15,107 signatures.
The group was given an additional 30 days to gather more signatures and ended up submitting 69,070 more on Aug. 18.
After verification, Martin’s office confirmed they reached their needed goal to appear on the November ballot, according to the tweet.
The group aims to raise the Arkansas minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017.