Minimum Wage Vote Makes Waves at Lake

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Friday, October 20 2006 Oct 20, 2006 Friday, October 20, 2006 6:34:07 PM CDT October 20, 2006 in News

"He has always paid above minimum wage," said employee Jenny White.

"If we don't pay them, they can go down the street somewhere else," Page admitted.

So, lake area stores pay more than Missouri's current minimum wage of $5.15 an hour.

"[A] free economy is the best way to control wages," said Bruce Mitchell of the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, which opposes the ballot measure.

However, if voters pass Proposition B, Missouri's minimum wage will rise to $6.50 an hour, and that increase also will affect workers who make more than that.

"In theory, I'm in favor of it, although I wish they would do it on a federal level," Page explained. "We'll just have to live with it, it may affect prices, but we'll get by."

The Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce specifically criticized part of Proposition B which links future minimum wage increases to rises in the national Cost of Living index.

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