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U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., speaks to the annual meeting of Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
This is a short one but this is a good call:

In this photo taken Nov.11, 2013, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., attends a Veterans Day observance in Little Rock, Ark. Pryor is being challenged by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton in the 2014 election. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) said Monday he is tentatively supporting a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

But Pryor, in an interview with Arkansas television station KATV, said he was not supporting a proposal by the Obama administration to hike the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2015.

"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. - TPM, 12/31/13

It's a good call to back raising the minimum wage on a local level and making it a local issue but I'd like to see Pryor also back raising the minimum wage on a federal level as well.  Please do contact his office and urge him to also support raising the federal minimum wage:

(202) 224-2353

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 02:00 PM PST.

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