Plan to raise Arkansas’ minimum wage qualifies for fall ballot

Attorney David Couch (left) is shown with Kaitlin Lott in this file photo.

A proposed initiated act to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage by $2.50 an hour by 2021 will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, Secretary of State Mark Martin reported Thursday.

Leslie Bellamy, director of elections in Martin’s office, said the office determined that the Arkansans For A Fair Wage ballot committee, led by attorney David Couch of Little Rock, turned in 84,526 valid signatures of registered voters. That’s more than the 67,887 signatures required under the Arkansas Constitution to qualify the measure for this year’s ballot….