Group Seeks to Raise Missouri Minimum Wage

7 years 2 weeks 5 days ago Thursday, September 29 2011 Sep 29, 2011 Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:18:00 PM CDT September 29, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- Missouri voters could be asked to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.

A group that backed a successful wage increase in the 2006 elections is now pushing to get the minimum wage issue back on the ballot in Missouri's 2012 elections.

An open-records request from The Associated Press shows that the minimum wage initiative already has been submitted to the secretary of state's office, which must approve a ballot title before supporters can begin gathering signatures.

Missouri's minimum wage currently matches the federal requirement of $7.25 an hour. The initiative would ask voters to raise that to $8.25 an hour effective in 2013, with an adjustment for inflation in following years.

The measure also would increase the penalties for businesses that don't pay the minimum wage.

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