Missouri Clergy Make Minimum Wage a Moral Issue

1 decade 4 years 3 weeks ago Monday, September 04 2006 Sep 4, 2006 Monday, September 04, 2006 1:06:19 PM CDT September 04, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS - This Labor Day weekend, members of the clergy around Missouri are bringing the issue of worker pay to their congregations. In November, voters will decide whether to raise Missouri's minimum wage to $6.50 per hour from the federal level of $5.15. The law would go into effect January first and each year after that the rate would automatically rise with inflation. Father Richard Creason of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in St. Louis said he mentioned the minimum wage proposal in his homily yesterday, but he did not tell his congregation how to vote. Creason says the issue is a serious one which people of faith have to reflect on. Many business leaders and Governor Matt Blunt oppose the measure. They say it could harm job growth and the economy.

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