Columbia Daily Tribune (MO): Measures on November Ballot

By Rudi Keller
Columbia Daily Tribune, Aug 2, 2018

... Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Thursday certified five ballot measures for the Nov. 6 election. ...

The two other initiatives approved Thursday have strong campaigns backing their efforts. Missouri’s minimum wage is currently $7.85 an hour, a level 60 cents higher than the federal minimum thanks to an inflation adjustment included in a 2006 ballot measure. If passed, the minimum would increase to $8.60 on Jan. 1 and go up 85 cents a year until it reaches $12.

“Missouri’s minimum wage of $7.85 an hour is too low for even full-time workers to afford their basics: food, rent and more,” Bob Goodrich, president of the theater chain that includes Forum 8 in Columbia, said in a news release. “It hurts businesses and the economy when working people don’t have enough income to keep a roof overhead, put food on the table, and enjoy needed recreation like a movie every once in a while.” ...

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