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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Democrats rally around a living wage

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 7:16 AM

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AR Victory 2014, the Arkansas Democrats' campaign effort, distributed an e-mail with the image above as a pitch to sign up volunteers to work in the campaign.

The message included a link to sign up to volunteer to "help change the lives of hardworking Arkansans across the state who are struggling to make ends meet."

The message also said:

If you work full-time, you shouldn't have to live in poverty — it's that simple.

…. With the current minimum wage, a parent who works full-time all year still doesn't earn an income above the poverty line.

That needs to change.

Amen. This illustrates why the current review process for a proposed law to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas -- to a still-low $8.50 an hour by 2017 — is important politically. The pitch for volunteers to work to improve the lot of the working poor is no less important if it fails to make the ballot. But it wouldn't hurt to have a tangible ballot issue to talk about.

The fate of that proposal as to ballot eligibility remains in doubt. In doubt, too, I'm sorry to admit, is whether improving the lot of the working poor is a vote generator. I'm confident it would pass if it reaches the ballot, but that doesn't mean it's a passion issue.

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