Bill Filed for Minimum Wage Exemption in Arkansas


Arkansas minimum wage workers got a raise at the first of the year.

But a State Senator filed a bill that would exempt some people and employers from the law.

Senator Bob Ballinger says he wants to maintain the intent of voters while providing relief to employers, especially in rural areas like the one he represents.

The Republican’s legislation would exempt workers who are 18 and younger as well as employers like schools, non-profits and those with fewer than 50 employees.

It also keeps in mind people who are recovering addicts or have a criminal history.

“When you’re paying someone $11 an hour that’s going to hurt their bottom line and make it where they can’t take that risk, they’ll pull it back. I want people who have a criminal record to be able to find a place to work. I want people who are in recovery from addiction and doing good to be able to find a job,” Sen. Ballinger says. 

The constitutional amendment author says Ballinger’s bill guts the recent 2018 law as well as the previous minimum wage increase passed by voters in 2014.

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