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Fri Feb 7, 2014, 02:56 AM

Mark Pryor Comes Out Against Federal Minimum Wage Hike [View all]

Source: Huffington Post

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) has come out against a federal minimum wage increase that has the support of President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats and the majority of the American public.

"I know $10.10 still isnít a whole lot of money, but I think itís too much, too fast," Pryor told Bloomberg in an article published Thursday. "Iím not supportive of that."

Pryor is the first Senate Democrat to come out against raising the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour. He's currently locked in a competitive reelection battle with Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Bloomberg notes that the National Retail Federation and the National Restaurant Association are lobbying against the increase and have contributed to Pryor's campaign.

Arkansas is one of four states with a minimum wage below the federal level, though companies that do more than $500,000 in business each year must pay employees the federal wage, according to the state's Department of Labor. Pryor does back a state ballot initiative to raise Arkansas' minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 over three years.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/06/mark-pryor-minimum-wage_n_4739645.html



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