LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A bill to increase the state's minimum wage by one-dollar-ten-cents won legislative approval Wednesday. The bill is heading to Governor Huckabee's desk for his signature.
The raise would be the first minimum wage increase in Arkansas in nine years. The House approved the measure to raise the wage from five-dollars-15-cents per hour to six-dollars-25 cents per hour by a 92-to-2 vote. The Senate approved the measure yesterday 28-to-1.
The proposal was part of a deal struck between legislative
leaders and an organization pushing to put a similar increase on the November seventh ballot
The only votes against the measure were by Senator Jim Holt, a Springdale Republican, and G-O-P Representatives Johnny Key of Mountain Home and Doug Matayo of Springdale.