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By Jack Suntrup
St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 1, 2024

JEFFERSON CITY — Organizers for the campaign seeking a higher minimum wage and guaranteed paid sick time off submitted signatures Wednesday to put the question to voters later this year. Representatives for the campaign, Missourians for Healthy Families and Fair Wages, said canvassers turned in more than 200,000 signatures ...

At the same time, the group Missouri Business for a Healthy Economy, which said it includes more than 400 members, released a series of statements from business owners supportive of the effort.

“The minimum wage needs to be raised. Small businesses like mine depend on local customers with money to spend,” said Joseph Chevalier, owner of Yellow Dog Bookshop in Columbia, in a statement. “If a small bookstore like ours can plan ahead for the wage increases and paid sick time in this ballot initiative, so can other businesses.” ...

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