Ballinger Vows Minimum Wage Change

Minimum Wage

The Senate sponsor of a bill granting wide exemptions to Arkansas’ newly passed minimum wage increase said he “is not leaving the session without some relief for my constituents.” But the Senate president pro tempore said support for the measure is lacking, and another senator said he is “not for it and almost none are.”

Voters in November passed an initiated act to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.50 an hour to $9.25 on Jan. 1, to $10 in 2020, and to $11 in 2021. Voters approved the act, 68-32%, in November. Out of 884,830 votes cast, 605,784 voted yes.

Senate bill 115 by Sen. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville, would exclude all individuals under age 18, as well as employees of educational institutions and nonprofits. It would increase the number of employees for which an employer would qualify for an exemption from 3 to 49.    MORE

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