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Issue 5 - An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage

Arkansas voters approved Issue 5 on Nov. 6, 2018. View results.

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Know before you vote

On Election Day, you will see only the popular name and title of each proposal. Want to see the rest of it? Here's a link to the complete text of Issue 5

Watch our specialists explain Issue 5 in the video below.


What's being proposed?

This initiated act would increase the state minimum wage from $8.50 to $9.25 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019, then to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020, and finally to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2021.

How did Issue 5 get on the ballot? 

More than 67,887 Arkansas voters signed a petition to put the proposed state law on the ballot.

On Sept. 4, 2018, a lawsuit was filed in an attempt to remove Issue 5 from the November ballot. The lawsuit is working its way through the court system and a ruling will be made before Election Day. You can read the lawsuit here.

On Oct. 18, 2018, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected the court challenge. Votes for or against Issue 5 will be counted Election Day.

Who is supporting or opposing this measure?

Supporters and opponents that spend money to campaign are required to register with the Arkansas Ethics Commission as a ballot or legislative question committee. Visit the Commission's website to view these filings, which include names of people behind a group and how much money has been raised or spent. 

Supporter Opponent
Arkansans for a Fair Wage Arkansans for a Strong Economy
Indivisible Little Rock and Central Arkansas BQC