UPDATE: A clear issue in 2nd District: Minimum wage | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, June 19, 2014

UPDATE: A clear issue in 2nd District: Minimum wage

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 6:53 AM

click to enlarge MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE? Bad thing says country clubber French Hill. - SOIREE
  • Soiree
  • MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE? Bad thing says country clubber French Hill.
Republican banker French Hill declared clearly yesterday that he opposes ANY increase in the minimum wage, state or federal. His Democratic opponent, Patrick Henry Hays, favors the ballot initiative that would increase the current state minimum of $6.25 an hour to $8.50 by 2017.

Polls show huge majorities support an increase in the minimum wage, which — if someone is employed 40 hours a week — provides $13,000 a year to support a worker and, often, family.

Here's what Hill said:

I’m not in favor of increasing the minimum wage because I don’t want to see any barriers to creating early employment and creating more jobs, and the Congressional Budget Office – even in their most conservative assessment – says it’ll cost about a half million jobs nationwide.

Two things illustrated here: 1) Many economists disagree with this CBO assessment. 2) It applied to an increase in the FEDERAL minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, not the far more modest Arkansas proposal. It's pretty safe to say that French HIll, a regular on the Country Club of Little Rock golf course, is out of touch with the people whose lives would be enriched by a few more nickels.

Speaking of French Hill, this hardly bears comment:

When prompted, Hill said he thinks Iraq war architects Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Paul Bremmer have “wisdom” and should be listened to. 

Sure. Listen to them. And do the opposite of whatever they say.

UPDATE: The Democratic Party piles on Hill's remarks, noting that he opposes a minimum wage increase while advocating a corporate tax break that would inordinately benefit wealthier taxpayers.

ALSO: In response to question, it costs roughly $46,000 in initiation fee to join the Country Club of Little Rock, where Hill golfs. If you are invited. The monthly dues are about $550 a month, or $6,600 a year. You also have to pay extra to rent a golf cart. Tips to the staff are discretionary.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (18)

Showing 1-18 of 18

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-18 of 18

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Medical marijuana backers: Health Department opposition 'disingenuous' and 'cruel'

    Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group behind the first medical marijuana initiative to qualify for the ballot, has responded sharply to yesterday's statement by the Arkansas Health Department that it opposes legal medical use of marijuana.
    • Jul 13, 2016
  • ADEQ denies C&H Hog Farm permit

    The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has denied a new permit for the C&H Hog Farms' concentrated animal feeding operation near Mount Judea (Newton County). This is a big and somewhat surprising victory for critics who have viewed C&H's large-scale pig farm and the pig waste it generates as an existential threat to the Buffalo National River.
    • Jan 10, 2018
  • Federal judge reprimands John Goodson for misconduct in class-action case

    John Goodson  — the Texarkana attorney, D.C. lobbyist, and husband of Arkansas State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson — was reprimanded today by a federal judge for his conduct in a class-action case.
    • Aug 3, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation