Arkansas

Federal minimum wage increases, still lower than state minimum wage

By Jason West
Jul 25 2007
LITTLE ROCK - The federal minimum wage rose 70 cents Tuesday to $5.85 an hour, the first of three yearly, 70-cent increases that will set the minimum wage at $7.25 an hour in summer 2009.

Tuesday's wage hike will not affect Arkansas, however.

The federal minimum wage has not risen since 1997, when former President Clinton signed a bill raising the minimum wage 40 cents to $5.15 an hour.

Unchanged for years, minimum wage rises

By Tim Harper
Toronto Star, Jul 21 2007
To make it happen in Arkansas, Rev. Steve Copley knew he had to make it a matter of faith.

"We convinced people it was morally wrong," he says.

"It became a values issue. People knew it just wasn't right for our country or our state to have people among us who were working hard and playing by the rules and still couldn't survive."

Copley, a United Methodist pastor in North Little Rock, is a member of Let Justice Roll, a social advocacy organization that has spearheaded the effort to right the national wrong of the U.S. minimum wage.

Arkansas' working families get long-overdue raise

By Daniel Webster
Apr 10 2006
LITTLE ROCK, -- Working families in Arkansas won a resounding victory today when a $1.10 an hour increase in the state minimum wage was signed into law by Gov. Mike Huckabee. A community and faith coalition led by a United Methodist pastor played a key role in persuading lawmakers to enact the increase. The Rev.

Arkansas' working families get long-overdue raise

Apr 10 2006

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., -- Working families in Arkansas won a resounding victory today when a $1.10 an hour increase in the state minimum wage was signed into law by Gov. Mike Huckabee. A community and faith coalition led by a United Methodist pastor played a key role in persuading lawmakers to enact the increase. The Rev.

Is a deal working on minimum wage? Beebe hints at special session fix

By Warwick Sabin
Arkansas Times, Mar 16 2006
Even as a public campaign continues to place a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage on the Nov.

Some members of the clergy back minimum-wage hike

By Daniel Connolly
Jan 19 2006

LITTLE ROCK(AP) -- About 20 church leaders on Thursday came out in support of increasing the minimum

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