Wage Hike's Impact More Than Minimal
"I don't think that it's wrong for working people to be able to make a living wage that can vary by region," said Carl Lingle, who didn't want to say where he worked. "But definitely, $6 or $7 is not what some people call a handout."
About 2% of Missouri workers earn the minimum hourly wage.
"On the surface, it appears okay; it's just an increase in pay, said Gary Marble of the Associated Industries of Missouri. "Truthfully, what happens is also an increase in cost, so every business in Missouri will have to evaluate what that cost is."
Because of that cost increase, some businesses said they will raise prices, although they don't believe they will lose customers.
"You could take all the $1 bills in America and put a zero next to them, and all the $10 bills in America and put a zero next to them, and then all of the sudden everyone would have a lot more dollars," said Shakespeare's owner Kurt Mirtsching. "But then, all the restaurants would go to their menus and put a zero next to every item on the menu, and all the shops would put a little zero on all their pricetags, and everything would cost more."
Mirtsching said his employees already make more than the current minimum wage.