The “Give Arkansas a Rai$e Now” (GARN) campaign is an effort to raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.15 per hour (with an index for inflation). Our campaign team is made up of dozens of religious leaders, labor groups, and progressive advocacy organizations. Our ballot title and amendment have been officially approved by the Arkansas Attorney General, and we can now begin a campaign to help hard-working Arkansans.
Raising the minimum wage is an issue that is both morally right and long overdue. Since the minimum wage was last raised (in 1997) an Arkansan who works full-time for $5.15 per hour earns $10,712 per year before taxes. After taxes and even a modest rent, one simply does not have enough left over to make ends meet. Our effort would certainly not create a “living wage,” but would be an important step in the right direction.
According to a recent publication by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Here are some important facts about the minimum wage:
- More than 127,000 Arkansans would be positively affected by an increase in the minimum wage to $6.15/hour;
- Approximately 80% of those positively affected are 20 years of age or older—it’s not just an issue of “teenaged burger flippers";
- Increasing the minimum wage does not harm small business; in fact, the opposite is true.
YOU can be a big help to the GARN campaign. By July 1st, the campaign must gather more than 80,000 valid signatures of registered Arkansas voters (with many more as a cushion), and then run a strong campaign to win the race.
You can help in two ways:
- Download the Initiative Petition PDF to get the Arkansas Minimum Wage Amendment on the ballot (and help us gather signatures)
- Make a financial contribution to support this important campaign. Checks can be mailed to:
Give Arkansas a Raise Now
P.O. Box 2441
Little Rock, AR 72203
Online donations can be made by direct bank draft or with a major credit card by clicking the button below. Please include your name, address, and occupation information for our campaign reports. THANK YOU!