Campaigning to Raise Missouri's Minimum Wage

1 decade 2 years 1 week ago Wednesday, August 09 2006 Aug 9, 2006 Wednesday, August 09, 2006 7:49:13 PM CDT August 09, 2006 in News

Now, Evans works at Sally Beauty Supply, where she has seen her pay and lifestyle improve.

"Seven [dollars]. Really, I'm happy with it," she said. "It's the lowest I'll go because it's just enough for me to live off of and still have a little money left to spend on myself."

The latest effort to raise the federal minimum wage just failed .

"One of the critical mistakes that was made a while back was to not index a federal minimum wage to inflation," said Otto Fajen, who supports Proposition B.

The Give Missourians a Raise coalition collected 200,000 petition signatures to put the measure on the Nov. 7 ballot to try to help workers like Evans.

"I couldn't buy groceries," she admitted. "I could barely pay my cell phone bill, and that got turned off once or twice. So $7 is definitely a nice improvement."

If voters pass Proposition B, up to 256,000 Missouri workers could get a pay raise. According to the non-partisan Economic Policy Group, 120,000 Missouri residents make less than $6.50 an hour.

Missouri's neighboring states, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska and Oklahoma, also have a minimum hourly wage of $5.15, the same as the federal minimum wage. Tennessee has no minimum wage law. In Kansas, the minimum wage is $2.65 an hour, while Illinois already has a minimum wage of $6.50.

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