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Numbers out today from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services show the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point between January and February, from 7.3 percent to 7.1 percent.
Gov. Mike Beebe was on hand today for the announcement of a $575,000 Arkansas Economic Development Commission grant to the Argenta Regional Innovation Hub. A building at Broadway and Poplar, North Little Rock, will house the center, which is aimed at encouraging tech startups, STEM education and after-school and summer programs for students.
An increase in the minimum wage is not an abstract economic policy debate, but a subject with real meaning to working people. or example; New government statistics show that 44,000 Arkansas workers are paid at or below the $7.25 federal minimum wage.
What's more, 14,000 of those workers are paid less than the federal minimum wage, which means they have only the protection of the state's $6.25 an hour minimum wage.
Morning e-mail: Give Arkansas a Raise Now will hold a press conference Tuesday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court Room at the State Capitol to announce the launching of an Initiated Act ballot campaign to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas.
Two people were killed with two trains collided near Hwy. 67 early this morning, and State Police are evacuating residents of the southern end of the city while the trains burn. U.S. 67 south of Hoxie and U.S. 63 are closed. The trains were carrying hazardous chemicals.
Give Arkansas a Raise Now, the group seeking to qualify a ballot measure to raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017, turned in an additional 69,070 signatures to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office today.
American Bridge, the liberal PAC formed by David Brock, the former Clinton foe now dedicated to round-the-clock Hillary Clinton defender, is out today with a new report on environmental impacts and layoffs from Koch Industries. The report focuses on the business activities of the Koch brothers — more famous for hundreds of millions in political spending aimed at slashing government services, regulation and taxes — in twelve states, including Arkansas. From the report: "The Kochs' extreme, self-serving agenda is bad for working families. And that reality is starkly embodied not only by their political persuasions, but by their business endeavors."
Ceramicist Barbara Satterfield, one of the Arkansas Times' "Visionaries" in 2013, has announced the creation of a touring, interactive sculpture exhibit that will be installed in public places in Helena, Heber Springs, Dardanelle and Warren before the final exhibition at the Cox Creative Center.