Arkansas minimum wage increase proposal qualifies for ballot

Arkansas minimum wage increase proposal qualifies for ballot
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A proposal to increase the minimum wage in Arkansas has qualified to be on the ballot this coming November. 

The measure to raise the state's minimum wage from $8.50 an hour to $11 an hour by 2021 has gathered enough signatures to qualify for a vote, The Associated Press reported, citing an announcement from the Arkansas secretary of state’s office on Thursday. 

According to the news agency, the proposal got more than 84,000 signatures from registered voters, having needed 67,887 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

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The measure will be Issue Five on the November ballot. Voters will also consider whether the Arkansas Constitution should be amended to require photo identification to vote and whether stricter term limits for lawmakers should be imposed in the state.

The news comes months after the lowest wage workers in 18 states saw a boost in their paychecks in January as minimum wage hikes took effect.

The change was the product of ballot initiatives pushed by unions and workers rights groups over the past several years.