Minimum Wage Worries
But supporters of the proposal say studies show a minimum wage hike will increase jobs.
"States that have raised the minimum wage have a faster rate of job growth than states that have not," said Ron Berry of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition. Right now, Missouri's minimum wage is set at the federal standard of $5.15 an hour. If the minimum wage proposal passes, it would increase to $6.50 an hour. The manager of Ernie's in Columbia says regardless of how the wage increase would affect the business, he thinks it's a good idea for his employees.
"To make it today on minimum wage would be tough. And I think that we should help those people to live the best life that they can," said general manager Taelin Frasier.
If the proposal passes, it will go into effect in January of next year. Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas all have a minimum wage of $5.15 per hour, the same as Missouri. Illinois has a minimum wage of $6.50 per hour.