Leslie Rutledge again rejects ballot proposal to increase minimum wage | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Leslie Rutledge again rejects ballot proposal to increase minimum wage

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2018 at 12:29 PM

COUCH: His new effort to again raise the minimum wage via ballot initiative has been blocked by Rutledge.
  • COUCH: His new effort to again raise the minimum wage via ballot initiative has been blocked by Rutledge.


Speaking of the attorney general's ballot blockade, yet another rejection came in yesterday, on Little Rock attorney David Couch's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $12. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge previously groused that the proposal — despite originally having the same language as the last minimum wage hike, which was approved for the ballot and passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2014 — didn't explain exactly who was eligible for the minimum wage and would confuse voters. Voters have apparently gotten dumber in the last four years.

Couch responded to the nits that Rutledge picked; Rutledge now says it's too technical and too long. We've probably arrived close to the point where she has run out the clock and there won't be time to collect signatures.

Couch has talked about joining the lawsuit currently in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Rutledge on this issue (see my previous post; Rutledge herself is set to testify on Friday). He may also choose to file a separate lawsuit in federal court, he said.

Rutledge has rejected proposals for such initiatives 70 times this election cycle and approved zero.

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