Missouri lawmakers consider repeal of minimum wage measure
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: Missouri lawmakers are considering a repeal of a 2006 Missouri Minimum Wage Initiative. Specifically the bill proposes 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 argue that the change would overturn an issue already approved by voters.
Missouri Minimum Wage Initiative, also known as Proposition B, was approved by 76%. The measure called for an increase of the state's minimum wage rate to $6.50 per hour. It also required that an annual adjustment be based on the Consumer Price Index. Additionally, employers are required to pay the federal minimum wage whenever the amount surpassed the state's minimum wage.