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Missouri Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)

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The Missouri Minimum Wage Initiative may appear on a 2014 election ballot in the state of Missouri as an initiated state statute. The measure would increase the state's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour and provides for adjustments based on various factors.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot question

The official ballot question reads as follows:[2]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall Missouri law be amended to:

  • increase the state minimum wage to $9.25 per hour, or to the federal minimum wage if that is higher, and adjust the state wage annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index;
  • increase the minimum wage for employees who receive tips to 60% of the state minimum wage; and
  • modify certain other provisions of the minimum wage law including the retail or service businesses exemption and penalties for paying employees less than the minimum wage?

Fiscal note

See also: Fiscal impact statement

According the Missouri secretary of state's fiscal note: Increased state and local government costs for wages, operating expenses, and programs could exceed an estimated $105 million annually. State and local government income and sales tax revenue could increase by an estimated $34.6 million annually.

Support

The measure is sponsored by Jobs with Justice.[3]

Path to the ballot

see also: Laws governing the initiative process in Missouri

The supporting group has until May 4, 2014 to turn in the required amount of valid signatures. Missouri law states that signatures for initiated state statutes must be obtained from registered voters equal to five percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts. This amounts to a minimum of 98,618 valid signatures, depending on which districts signatures are gathered from.[4]

Similar measures

State-wide measures

The following measures related to minimum wage increases will or may appear on state-wide general election ballots in November:

Local measures

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