A new poll by Talk Business found that a whopping 79 percent of voters support raising the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50, according to Roby Brock just now on KATV. Not surprising that it's popular although it's hard to get up to 80 percent on anything.
If the grassroots group Give Arkansas a Raise Now
manages to get enough signatures to get the question on the ballot, it sure seems like things will be looking up for a wage hike. This big support helps explain the political value that Democrats see in this issue
, particularly in terms of energizing their core constituents, tough for Democrats to do in off-year elections (more importantly, it's the right thing to do on the merits!).
Mike Ross has come out in support
of the wage hike, as has Sen. Mark Pryor
, though Pryor opposes the Senate bill
to raise the federal minimum wage.
I look forward to Asa Hutchinson
offering some procedural gobbledygook about how he supposedly supports a wage hike but doesn't want it to happen by ballot initiative.