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Sen. Mark Pryor Backs Minimum Wage Hike In Arkansas

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"I haven't seen all the details, but my understanding is, I think they take three years and gradually raise it up to $8.50 and it think that's a pretty reasonable approach," Pryor told KATV. "I think that would be good for Arkansas. I think that would be good for people in this state. We have a lot of minimum wage people in this state. I think it would be good and it would help the standard of living and what not, so if that does come together, I probably would support that."

Give Arkansas A Raise Now is the group pushing to put a minimum wage increase on the ballot in 2014. The group announced their effort earlier this month.

For the wage hike to make it on the ballot, the wording of the initiative must first be approved by Arkansas' attorney general. Organizers will also have to collect 62,000 signatures by June 30.

Democrats see a minimum wage hike increase as a winning issue in 2014 and there's reason to believe this. Polling has shown bipartisan support among voters for increasing the minimum wage. In recent speeches, President Barack Obama himself has repeatedly called for an increase in the minimum wage.

"It puts Republicans on the wrong side of an important value issue when it comes to fairness," Obama administration senior adviser Dan Preiffer told The New York Times. "You can make a very strong case that this will be a helpful issue for Democrats in 2014. But the goal here is to actually get it done. That's why the president put it on the agenda."

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Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.