Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson
, the Democratic candidate for 1st District Congress, has scheduled a news conference Tuesday to discuss his endorsement of a ballot proposal to increase the Arkansas minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017. He'll speak as a long-time restaurant owner, an industry that has often opposed minimum wage increases.
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford,
the Republican incumbent, opposed federal legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10. He's not made a statement yet on the smaller state proposal, which polls indicate enjoys broad support.