Governor Opposes Changing Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage

Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Wednesday that he would not support two bills to grant wide exemptions to Arkansas’ minimum wage hike approved by voters in November, but the sponsor said she still intends to try to pass the bills.

“This is an act of the will of the people of Arkansas, and I do not believe it should be changed by legislative act,” Hutchinson said during a speech before more than 100 people at the monthly Little Rock Political Animals Club meeting in Little Rock.

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 by a 68-32% margin.     MORE

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