Economists Disagree on Minimum Wage Impact

1 decade 2 years 3 weeks ago Wednesday, August 23 2006 Aug 23, 2006 Wednesday, August 23, 2006 2:24:38 PM CDT August 23, 2006 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A battle of economists is brewing over the ballot proposal to raise Missouri's minimum wage. Voters will decide this November whether to increase Missouri's minimum wage to $6.50 an hour, instead of the current federal mininum of $5.15. Opponents of the measure today released a study by a Florida State University economist suggesting the wage increase would affect about 77,000 Missourians but result in the layoffs of more than 1,500 people. He says it would cost businesses $44 million a year. But supporters countered with academic experts from Florida and Wisconsin, who said minimum wage raises there have had no negative effect on employment. Supporters claim the wage increase could affect 256,000 Missourians.

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