BFMW In the News

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.

St. Louis Post Dispatch Editorial: Fighting for a living wage, legislators notwithstanding

By the Editorial Board
St. Louis Post Dispatch, Aug 4, 2018

St. Louis hourly workers benefited briefly last year from an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour within the city, well above Missouri’s then-statewide level of $7.70. ... It took just four months for the Republican-led Legislature to step in and override the city ordinance with a state law forcing St. Louis’ minimum wage back down to the lower state standard. ...

Springfield News Leader: Springfield businesses back $12 minimum wage in Missouri

By Will Schmitt
Springfield News-Leader, Aug. 3, 2018

A proposal increasing Missouri's minimum wage by roughly 50 percent by 2023 has gained the support of a coalition of small businesses across the state. Currently, the state's minimum wage is $7.85 per hour. A proposal raising that rate to $12 per hour over five years was certified Thursday by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, and advocates announced the support of more than 300 business people in the state via a coalition called Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.

St. Joseph News Press (MO): Support begins for minimum wage ballot issue

By Ray Scherer 
St. Joseph News Press (MO), Aug 3, 2018

Two Downtown businesses are among those already staking out their positions in support of a minimum wage hike that will be placed before Missouri voters this fall. ...

Proponents hail the idea as necessary to aid small businesses and families. A small number of St. Joseph businesses have signed on as members of Business For a Fair Minimum Wage ...

Dana Massin, owner of Manic Snail, is among those on the list in favor of raising the wage.

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Voters will decide medical pot, ethics and minimum wage questions on Missouri's November ballot

By Kurt Erickson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug 2, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri voters will get a chance to weigh in on legalizing medical marijuana, tightening government ethics laws and raising the minimum wage in November, after state officials approved five ballot initiatives Thursday. ... Also on the ballot will be a question on whether to raise Missouri's minimum wage to $12 by 2023. The current minimum wage is $7.85 an hour.

Supporters say phasing in the increase will give businesses adequate time to adjust to the higher costs.