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Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Arkansas governor, lieutenant governor signal opposition to minimum wage ballot issue

By Michael R. Wickline
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, September 26, 2018

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Tuesday they plan to vote against a proposed initiated act that would raise the state's minimum wage by $2.50 an hour to $11 an hour by 2021. These two Republicans signaled their opposition to Issue 5 on the Nov. 6 general election ballot in separate written statements, after supporters of the proposed ballot measure held a news conference Tuesday morning at Trio's restaurant in Little Rock as a kick-off event.

KATV ABC 7 (AR): Group hoping to increase minimum wage continues campaign despite legal limbo

By Marine Glisovic

KATV ABC 7, Little Rock, September 25, 2018

If approved by Arkansas voters, minimum wage earners could see another $2.50 an hour by 2021. A group hoping to increase the minimum wage kicked off an awareness campaign on Tuesday. While Arkansans For a Fair Wage hopes to educate voters, Issue 5 remains in legal limbo after a lawsuit was filed to remove the question from the November ballot. ... During Tuesday’s press conference, several supporters voiced their reasons as to why Arkansans should approve increasing the minimum wage to $11 an hour. ...

St. Louis American: Editorial: The American endorses a YES vote on Proposition B

... Among the most impactful initiatives on the ballot statewide on November 6 is Proposition B, which would raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 by 2023. The initiative would increase Missouri’s minimum wage from its current rate of $7.85 an hour to $8.60 next year, and then increase it gradually each year until it reaches $12 an hour in 2023. “The increase to $12 phases in gradually, giving low-paying businesses time to adjust and experience the benefits of a rising minimum wage – such as increased consumer spending, cost savings from lower employee turnover, increased productivity, and happier customers,” said Pam Hausner, owner of Big Vision Design in Kansas City and business campaign manager for Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. ...

St. Louis American: Editorial: Hawley ‘out of the mainstream’ on minimum wage

St. Louis American, Editorial, Sept 6, 2018
...“The increase to $12 phases in gradually, giving low-paying businesses time to adjust and experience the benefits of a rising minimum wage – such as increased consumer spending, cost savings from lower employee turnover, increased productivity, and happier customers,” said Pam Hausner, owner of Big Vision Design in Kansas City and business campaign manager for Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.

Columbia Daily Tribune (MO): Groups putting max effort into raising min wage

By Rudi Keller
Columbia Daily Tribune, Aug 25, 2018

It has been more than nine years since the last increase in the federal minimum wage, only the third time in 80 years since the Depression-era law was enacted that low-wage workers have waited that long for a raise. ... Supporters of Proposition B on the November ballot think Missourians are ready to act again to approve a series of increases that would set the rate at $12 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2023. ...

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Messenger: Messenger: St. Louis business owners get behind pitch for higher wages in Missouri

By Tony Messenger
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug 24, 2018

Growing up in the steel town of Granite City, Steve Crider’s career path seemed set. He was a machinist right out of high school, like his dad and his uncles and even his grandmother. ... Christmas of 1999 changed things. Crider got a home brewing kit. His life path took a curve.

Nineteen years later, his 2nd Shift Brewing, tucked into an industrial area south of Manchester Avenue on The Hill, is part of the hopping craft beer scene in St. Louis.

KTTS News: Efforts To Raise Missouri's Minimum Wage On Ballot In November Election

By Joe Rios
KTTS 94.7 FM (Springfield), Aug 12, 2018

Business owners supporting a ballot measure to raise Missouri's minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023 are speaking out.

A report from the Missourinet say Stacy Jurado-Miller, who heads the Vecino Group in Springfield, which is a real estate development firm that specializes in low-income housing, says taxpayers end up footing the bill for workers with low paying jobs.