Missouri Minimum Wage, Proposition B (2006)

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The Missouri Minimum Wage Act, also known as Proposition B, was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in Missouri as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure increased the state minimum wage to $6.50 per hour or to the level of the federal minimum wage, if higher.[1][2]


In 2011 Missouri lawmakers proposed a bill to repeal 2006's Proposition B. Specifically the bill proposed that Missouri's minimum wage never exceed the minimum set by the federal government. According to supporters the change would "protect businesses from forced increases in labor costs and preserve jobs for low-skilled workers." Opponents, however argued that the change would overturn an issue already approved by voters.[3]

On March 3, 2011 the bill was approved by the House following a 92-60 vote.[4]

The full bill, HB 61, can be read here.

Election results

Missouri Proposition B (2006)
Approveda Yes 1,583,714 75.94%

Election results via: University of Missouri Institute for Public Policy

Text of measure

The question on the ballot appeared as:[2]

Shall Missouri Statutes be amended to increase the state minimum wage rate to $6.50 per hour, or to the level of the federal minimum wage if that is higher, and thereafter adjust the state minimum wage annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index?

The proposed revisions to Missouri's wage rate laws generates an estimated $3.3 million to $4.3 million annually in state revenue. The impact on local government is unknown. [5]

Campaign contributions

Leading donors to the committee to pass Proposition B were:[6]

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