LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - President Obama's push to increase federal minimum wage has put the issue front and center nationally, but there's a separate movement underway to increase Arkansas' minimum wage.
Arkansas' minimum wage now stands at $6.25 per hour, and that's where it's been since 2006, when the state Legislature increased it from $5.15.
Now, a group called 'Give Arkansas A Raise' is working to collect 62,500 signatures by July 1st to put another increase on the November ballot.
Led by the Rev. Steve Copley, the group wants to raise the wage gradually to $8.50 per hour by 2017.
Copley said too many Arkansans,about 160,000, are working hard but still unable to rise above poverty.
"This is an important issue to so many people in Arkansas. People who work hard every day they play by the rules and somehow they still continue to fall behind," said Copley.