Minimum Wage Glitch

1 decade 1 year 4 days ago Tuesday, May 15 2007 May 15, 2007 Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:11:42 PM CDT May 15, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Firefighters and police plead with House leaders to fix a glitch in the minimum wage increase that's affecting their overtime budgets. Time is running short. The legislature adjourns Friday. The police and firefighters groups said public safety could be threatened if nothing happens as departments would be forced to reduce staffing or close stations. The Senate passed a bill in February to include an exemption that allows some people to work more than 40 hours a week without triggering overtime pay. Many police and firefighters have such schedules. But a House committee changed the bill to also repeal an annual inflation adjustment and to bring tipped workers' base pay from $3.25 an hour back to the federal rate of $2.13 an hour. The overtime change is bogging down the bill, threatening to keep the changes affecting police and firefighters from becoming law.

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