Fraud-Ridden Minimum Wage Issue OK’d by Supreme Court

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The Arkansas Supreme Court, in its opinion yesterday, removed the final obstacle to a statewide vote on hiking the minimum wage. One startling aspect of the Court’s decision is that it appeared to tolerate — and, thus, to encourage — a significant level of petition fraud. We wrote recently about a special master’s report filed by Special Judge John B. Robbins, which found that the Give Arkansas A Raise Now campaign submitted approximately 8,501 signatures that are invalid due to apparent … [Read more...]

Making Arkansas a Rich State

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What can Arkansas lawmakers do to grow the state’s economy in the years to come? That’s the question a new study, Rich States, Poor States, seeks to answer. Compiled by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Jonathan Williams, this study identifies pro-growth tax and regulatory policies that states can implement. It also discusses what states are doing to attract new businesses and create jobs for their workers. In state rankings released in conjunction with this study, Arkansas came in at … [Read more...]

Teen Unemployment Rising Higher and Higher in Arkansas

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Teen unemployment is dramatically on the rise in Arkansas; a proposed minimum wage increase is likely to make it worse. According to the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), Arkansas currently has a teen (16 to 19) unemployment rate of 32 percent, which is up from 21 percent in 2011. Indeed, jobs for teenagers are beginning to become so scarce that they were referred to as “luxury goods” in a recent article. Michael Pakko, chief economist at the Arkansas Institute for Economic Advancement, said … [Read more...]

Maximum Suffering & Rockwell Rock (Podcast)

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This week on the show, Dan and I discuss: Minimum wage, maximum suffering Peter Schiff passes the hat for higher wages Obama admin to allow catastrophic plans 67% want Obamacare delayed 72% say big government is biggest threat to U.S. Steve Rockwell, man of mystery … [Read more...]

Minimum Wage, Maximum Suffering


Yesterday, I attended a press conference hosted by Give Arkansas A Raise Now. What I heard were a bunch of demands that Arkansas raise its minimum wage -- and a bunch of assertions that doing so would have a positive impact on our state’s economy. What I didn’t hear was any empirical evidence that backs up this claim. The group is led by Steve Copley, a United Methodist pastor. One reporter at the briefing asked him to respond to the argument that raising the minimum wage will force layoffs … [Read more...]

Raising the Minimum Wage: Unfair to Working Students And Still a Bad Idea


The House Public Health Committee is slated to take up Rep. Butch Wilkins’s minimum wage hike tomorrow morning. The proposal would raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.25 -- unless you’re a full-time student who works less than 20 hours a week. Under current law, these students are only entitled to 85% of minimum wage -- Rep. Wilkins’s bill would cut that percentage by 20 points, down to 65%. What would the real effect be for working full-time students? Let’s do some … [Read more...]

Why Hiking the Minimum Wage is Bad for Everyone

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This week, state Representative Butch Wilkins introduced a bill to increase the government-mandated minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.25 per hour -- an increase of 32%. Raising the minimum wage is one of those ideas that sounds great as long as you don’t think about it very much. Perhaps the most immediate consequence for Arkansans will be the artificial spike in prices on consumer goods. How many of you would like to pay 32% more for your meals? But of course you won’t pay exactly 32% more for … [Read more...]