Gasconade County Republican: Missouri workers to benefit from increased minimum wage

Gasconade County Republican, Dec 26, 2019

Missouri workers making minimum wage will see their pay increase 85 cents an hour to $9.45 beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Hard-working Missourians will see another wage increase to ring in the new year, according to the Missouri Jobs with Justice organization noting that in 2018 voters from every corner of the state resoundingly voted yes on Proposition B to gradually increase Missouri’s minimum wage from $7.85 an hour to $12 an hour by 2023. ... Proposition B was endorsed by a diverse and bipartisan coalition of workers, faith leaders, elected officials, and business owners, who continue to defend this voter-passed mandate.

“The reality is, the more money people have, the more money they spend,” said Mary Faucett, owner of Springfield-based Bambino’s restaurant. “More people spending money on life’s necessities like food, diapers, and repairs, this helps businesses across the board. We are already seeing that when wages are raised at the bottom, money goes right back into businesses like ours and our larger community.”

Increasing Missouri’s minimum wage was estimated to impact 677,000 Missourians — or one in four workers — and may are looking forward to the increase, including Mysean Coleman who works as a Hall Monitor at Heritage Care Center in St. Louis.

“The minimum wage going up to $9.45 an hour is a big deal for me, my family, and my co-workers,” Coleman said. “I work hard to take care of my family — 16-hour shifts so I can pay for daycare for my 2-year-old daughter, Londyn, along with rent, electric, gas, groceries, and everything else life throws at you. This raise is a step in the right direction to give us some breathing room.” ...

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