The 25-cent raise: What life is like after a minimum wage increase

by Chico Harlan

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — One Friday last month, Shanna Tippen left the house where she sometimes gets by with candles and flashlights, got into her beat-up 2003 Chrysler Sebring, and drove to work to pick up her first new-and-improved paycheck. The paycheck was stamped at the top with her employer’s name — Days Inn and Suites — and showed the fruits of Arkansas’ long battle over the minimum wage.