Missouri Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)

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The Missouri Minimum Wage Initiative did not appear on a 2014 election ballot in the state of Missouri as an initiated state statute. The measure would have increased the state's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour and provided for adjustments based on various factors.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot question

The official ballot question read as follows:[2]

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.


The measure was sponsored by Jobs with Justice.[4]

Path to the ballot

see also: Laws governing the initiative process in Missouri

The supporting group had 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.[5]

Similar measures

Similar measures

The following measures related to minimum wage increases were proposed for the general election ballot in November:

Local measures

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