Middle American Democrat: Minimum Wage Increase on the Ballot in Missouri this November – Supported by Small Businesses

Middle American Democrat, Aug 16, 2018

Proposition B will be on the ballot for Missouri voters this November. If approved, the minimum wage in Missouri would go from $7.85 to $8.60 in January 2019 and then increase yearly until it gets to $12 an hour in 2023. It is not enough, but it is a start. ...

Notably absent from those opposed to the measure are a growing number of small businesses, as reported by the Joplin Globe. Local businesses show support for minimum wage hike

“Shortly after the initiative was certified by the secretary of state, a coalition of businesses announced support for the measure. The group, Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, has more than 350 signatories, including 14 in Joplin and more than 50 in Springfield. The 14 in Joplin are Dinosaur Academy, Carmen’s Apples and More, Home Town Siding, Forget Me Not Flea Market, Hardwood Creations, The Bruncheonette, Bearded Lady Coffee Roasters, Makayla Grace Designs, MEs Place Soulfood Cafe, Affordable Cycle Parts and More, Anderson Glass, Tint-N-More, Quinn’s Custom Framing and Frosted Cakerie.”

This flies in the face of the oft repeated rhetoric that minimum wage increases would hurt small businesses the most. What that rhetoric always misses is that small business owners are part of the community. Small business owners recognize that it is good for the community for workers to earn a living wage. And, in fact, in the end, it is better for small businesses if their customers can more easily afford to spend their wages at local businesses. ...

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