Missouri Voters Pass Minimum Wage Increase

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In Missouri, the minimum wage will now annually increase from $7.85 per hour to $12 per hour by 2023.

"At the state level, with new governors or legislative leadership in states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Maine, and NY, we expect to see new action on working-family issues like the minimum wage, overtime pay, and earned sick days - and on vital democracy reforms", Owens said.

Voters in Arkansas and Missouri resoundingly approved ballot measures that will increase minimum wage for low-paid workers, including those in the restaurant industry.

In Arkansas, the minimum wage will gradually rise from $8.50 an hour now to $11 in 2021. "Business owners in two red states came out strongly in support of raising the minimum wage", she said.

"2 conservative leaning states approved a minimum wage increase last night - AR & MO", he wrote on Twitter. In the case of several states, an increase in the minimum wage depended on the election outcome. In Arkansas, 68 percent of voters supported a measure that will raise the state minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2021 from its current value of $8.50.

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Supporters of higher pay for low-wage workers called the ballot measures a victory that highlights a growing gulf between voters and lawmakers. Opponents of the initiative claimed that a minimum wage increase usurps the federal government's right to set wages and would hurt small businesses and Missouri's job market.

Not all states on this list will have a large increase in their minimum wage this year.

While there is a possibility that the Missouri General Assembly could alter or even overturn Prop B, Missouri employers should prepare for the wage increase starting January 1, 2019.

"Across the board, voters responded to a progressive agenda that included key worker issues such as expanded health care access, higher minimum wages, and fair elections", said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. These employees are required by law to make minimum wage after tip.

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