Arkansas GOP Representative Tom Cotton, who is running to unseat Democratic Senator Mark Pryor said on Friday that as a “citizen” he will vote in favor of an Arkansas ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage.
“I’m going to vote for that initiated act as a citizen,” Cotton said Friday on the Alice Stewart radio show. “But as Arkansas’ next U.S. senator, I’m going to make sure we have a healthy economy. Not the kind of minimum wage economy that Mark Pryor and Barack Obama have created.”
“The minimum wage should be a floor and a stepping stone to higher wage jobs, not a ceiling. And the way we create that kind of economy is not through higher taxes and regulations and laws like Obamacare, but through less taxes, through smarter regulations,” he added.
The ballot initiative will, if passed, raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Currently, Arkansas is just one of three states with a minimum wage lower than the federal minimum off $7.25.
Like Cotton, 79 percent of the state’s citizens say they plan to vote for the much-needed minimum wage hike, according to a poll conducted in August. The measure has strong support in nearly every district, with 92 percent of Democrats, 64 percent of Republicans, and 76 percent of independents expressing a favorable opinion.
“There is no shortage of popular opinion about raising the state’s minimum wage. It enjoys widespread support,” said Talk Business & Politics executive editor Roby Brock.
Cotton is wrong about the state of our economy. Under President Obama, the deficit has been rapidly shrinking, spending has been curbed, and employment is on the rise under the President. Recently, we regained all jobs that were lost to the incompetence of George W. Bush.
In May, it was announced that unemployment had plummeted to 6.3% — a marked improvement over prior months. Since then, it has only gotten lower.
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