June 10 2014
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – Today former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays signed his name to a referendum petition to raise the Arkansas Minimum Wage to $8.50 an hour. He issued the following statement:
"I strongly support raising the Minimum Wage to $8.50 here in Arkansas," Hays said. "We know that raising the Minimum Wage will increase consumer spending, because thousands of working people will benefit and have more money in their pockets. That leads to economic growth. Seventy percent of the American economy is driven by consumer spending. This is the right thing to do for working people, and it's the right thing to do for our economy."
At a time when gridlock in Washington, DC has prevented an increase in the federal Minimum Wage, the Arkansas referendum presents a real opportunity for Arkansans to raise wages for the lowest paid workers in our state.
Hays will deliver a speech to the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus Thursday evening at the Clinton Presidential Library, where he will discuss his support for the Minimum Wage and his commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare.