Minimum Wage Increase Could be Put on November Ballot

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COLUMBIA - A group called Missouri Jobs with Justice spoke Thursday on how it is closer to implementing a minimum wage increase on the November ballot.  The director of Missouri Jobs with Justice, Lara Granich, said an extra $40 a week will go a long way in helping people who are struggling with bills. Another reason this could help with the economy is because people who have more money will be more willing to spend it according to the organization.

However, Shakespeare's manager, Kurt Mirtsching, said if you increase the minimum wage, everything else will increase as well, so it won't make much of a difference.

"If it rises substantially, we might look into machines to take the place of workers," he said. 

If this proposal goes on the November ballot and passes, the new minimum wage will be implemented in 2013.