Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Blake Ralston: Makes good sense: Wage rise to strengthen tax base

Op-Ed By Aaron "Blake" Ralston
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Oct 19, 2018

I'm in the insurance business. We help create peace of mind and economic security for people. But every day I see hardworking Arkansans who want to provide for their families, yet are struggling just to keep a roof overhead and food on the table.

Today's minimum wage of $8.50 an hour is too low for today's cost of living. I know what it's like to have to work two low-wage jobs just to scrape by, and it's something I want to change. Not just for my employees, but everyone. It's why I support raising Arkansas' minimum wage for the good of working people and the good of businesses across the state.

Raising the minimum wage is an important type of insurance for businesses as well as workers. Workers in one business are customers at other businesses. Raising the minimum wage will enable many more workers to make ends meet and it will boost the consumer spending that businesses depend on to survive and grow.

I know from experience that fair pay is good for the bottom line. We see it every day in our offices in Little Rock and Fort Smith. Our employees really are our greatest asset. ...

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Copyright 2018 Aaron Ralston

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