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US Senator Mark Pryor supports state minimum wage increase

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - U.S. Senator Mark Pryor became the first elected official in Arkansas to officially endorse the 2014 ballot initiative raising the state's minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour.

Pryor has said for months he supports the proposal, and now that the Attorney General has approved the ballot language, Pryor's strong endorsement on behalf of hardworking Arkansans is commanding attention.

It should be noted that Congressman Cotton refused to endorse the Arkansas ballot initiative when asked by several news outlets in late February. Cotton has never supported raising the minimum wage. Pryor has previously supported an increase of both the federal and state levels.

Pryor has been quoted saying the following below:

 

Associated Press: Pryor formally endorses minimum wage hike

U.S. Mark Pryor is formally endorsing a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas.

Pryor said Saturday in Little Rock that the proposal is the right thing to do.

It would raise the state's current $6.25 per hour minimum wage to $7.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015; to $8 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016, and to $8.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017.

 

Talk Business: Sen. Pryor Endorses State Minimum Wage Increase

"It's just not acceptable that our state is one of four with a minimum wage set well below the federal level, even as tens of thousands of Arkansas families struggle to get by. Let's come together and raise Arkansas' minimum wage. It's the right thing to do and the right time to do it."

According to information provided by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, 168,074 Arkansas workers – roughly 15% of the state's workforce – would benefit from raising the state minimum wage.

The average salary for an Arkansas worker under the current state minimum wage is $12,750 annually. If the wage were eventually raised to $8.50 per hour, a full-time employee would earn $17,680 annually.

 

Hot Springs Daily: US Senator Mark Pryor Participates in Minimum Wage Increase Event Saturday

US Senator Mark Pryor participated in a Saturday event backing the "Give Arkansas A

Raise Now" campaign.

 

ULAR Radio: Pryor Jumps On Minimum Wage Hike Bandwagon

The Give Arkansas A Raise Now (GARN) petition drive kicked off Saturday morning, and one of the first to add his signature was Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).

"America was built on a promise," Pryor reminded a small gathering of GARN supporters at the Bullock Temple CME Church in south Little Rock.

"And it's the promise that if you work hard, you have a chance to earn a decent living, to improve your station in life, to provide for your family, to create opportunity. And we need to fulfill that promise."