LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A group in Arkansas is pushing for changes to state minimum wage, which hasn't increased since 2007.
The chairman of Give Arkansas A Raise Now (GARN), Stephen Copley, said the group is wanting to see minimum wage in Arkansas raised from $6.25 to $7.50. If increased, it would put Arkansas' minimum wage a quarter above federal. Many THV11 viewers have asked how state minimum wage could be less than federal. According to the Arkansas Department of Labor, "All employers with four or more employees must pay at least $6.25 per hour. If the employer does more than $500,000 per year in business, they must pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. "
The group announced the initiative Tuesday, and filed the title and language with the Attorney General's office.
If approved, it must acquire 62,000 signatures which are due in early July of 2014.
If the act, which Copley said would impact around 125,000 Arkansans working in small businesses, passes in November of 2014, minimum wage would increase beginning January 1, 2015, and then raised more in 2016 and 2017.
According to Arkansas State Representative Jim Nickels, income inequality has grown increasingly uneven and that minimum wage workers don't have a voice.