Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) says he opposes raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour because “it’s too much, too fast.”
“I know $10.10 still isn’t a whole lot of money, but I think it’s too much, too fast,” Sen. Pryor told Bloomberg News. “I’m not supportive of that.”
Sen. Pryor also gets donations from the National Retail Federation and the National Restaurant Association, which represent stores and restaurants.
Bloomberg News notes that the median household income in the state of Arkansas was $40,112 in 2012, while the nationwide median was $51,017.
A Quinnipiac University poll in Jaunary found that 71 percent of Americans support raising the minimum wage.
If the minimum wage were raised to $10.10, it would lift about 5 million Americans out of poverty, according to a recent study by University of Massachusetts-Amherst economist Arindrajit Dube, notes The Huffington Post.