Minimum wage issue added to Nov. ballot

An act to increase the Arkansas minimum wage will be on the general election ballot in November, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin in a press release Wednesday.

If approved by voters, the measure will increase the state's minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 per hour on January 1, 2016, and $8.50 per hour on January 1, 2017.

Sponsors turned in a total of 129,989 signatures for verification. At this time, at least 70,074 signatures have been validated, but more signatures are still in the process of being verified.

The proposed initiated act will be Issue No. 5 on the November 4 ballot.

The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is October 6. For information on voter registration, go to the Arkansas Secretary of State's webpage.