Minimum Wage in Arkansas Gets a Raise

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- The minimum wage in Arkansas will increase to $7.50 on Jan. 1 2015, $8.00 on Jan. 1, 2016, and $8.50 on Jan. 2017.

"There's people all around that work minimum wage jobs and the more money they have, the more money they'll be able to spend on their kids, and spend in Fort Smith and spend in Arkansas,” said voter T.C. Bryan.

Attorney for Give Arkansas a Raise Now David Couch said this increase will initially have the biggest impact on state employees.

"The reason that this measure passed is because the people of Arkansas are a really kind, caring bunch of people. Giving somebody an extra $30 or $40 a week, when they work 40 hours a week, was the right thing to do. And the people of Arkansas supported that,” Couch said.

Opponents of the measure said the increase would put a strain on small businesses that will now have to pay employees more.


  • Honey Badger

    Get ready for higher prices on all the goods and services you pay for. People earning an extra $40 a week will be disappointed when their Happy Meal costs $8.99 and their Big Mac meal is $11.99. They will wonder why they don’t have any more money in their pocket even though they earn a higher wage.

    • JJ

      Those who’s heads are full of “Faux News” are the ones who will not be purchasing the good or service you provide.. if that be any.

    • Honey Badger

      I realize folks on the left aren’t always comfortable with logic but that does not change the fact that prices will indeed go up to cover the wage increase. I am not in favor of holding anyone back who is trying to get ahead or simply survive in these hard times. I am just pointing out that the same folks who struggle now will continue to do so when the value of the dollar drops even further. Those facts have absolutely nothing to do with the media outlets everyone loves to blame for their own lack of insight.

  • Justin

    Say hello to self-service kiosks instead of human cashiers. It’s already started in high minimum wage places like California. Kiosks are much cheaper than an overpaid high school dropout and will save businesses money in terms of fewer employees.

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