BFMW In the News

WCBS News Radio: Murphy Wants Quicker Minimum Wage Increase For All Workers

WCBS News Radio 880, Dec 11, 2018

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday continued to push to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The Democratic governor addressed the bill introduced by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, saying he does not support the length of time needed to increase New Jersey’s minimum. ...

The governor made his comments while touring Earth Friendly Products, an environmentally friendly cleaning products company with a plant in Parsippany.

The company pays its workers $17 an hour.

New Jersey 101.5: Crucial two days ahead in NJ for $15 minimum wage debate

By Michael Symons
New Jersey 101.5, December 11, 2018. Also WPG 104.1, WOBM 92.7

A crucial two days are ahead in the debate over raising New Jersey minimum wage to $15 an hour... Staffers for Gov. Phil Murphy and the Legislature’s top two Democrats are set to meet Wednesday. Then on Thursday, Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin plan to hold their first meeting in over two months.

Nation's Restaurant News: Minimum wage set to rise in more than 20 states

By Ron Ruggless
Nation's Restaurant News, Nov 20, 2018

More than 20 states and a number of municipalities will be increasing the minimum wage just before or on New Year’s Day 2019, including recent statewide increases approved by voters in Arkansas and Missouri. Voters in both states turned out Nov. 6 in record numbers to raise the minimum wage, and other states have already approved graduated increases scheduled to go into effect with the turn of the calendar year. ...

Some commerce groups, such as Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, supported raising the minimum wages in November’s Arkansas and Missouri initiatives.

CNN: Minimum wage activists look to 2020 ballots after midterm success

By Caroline Kelly
CNN, November 9, 2018

...Voters in both Arkansas and Missouri, two states that went strongly for President Donald Trump in 2016, passed ballot initiatives to increase the state minimum wage during Tuesday's midterm elections.

Initiatives in Florida, Nevada and North Dakota are already in the works for the presidential ballot in 2020. ...Minimum wage ballot initiatives have also won handily in red and purple states, such as South Dakota, Nebraska and Arizona, in the past two election cycles.

Feet on the ground

More than 700 Missouri businesses supported the measure ...

KY3 TV (NBC): Minimum wage workers are expecting larger paychecks

By Raquel Harrington
KY3 TV News (NBC, Springfield, MO), Nov 8, 2018

Minimum wage workers in Missouri AND Arkansas, should be expecting larger paychecks starting next year.

I think it's pretty clear that it's pretty hard to live off minimum wage," said B2 Cafe employee Haley Ankely. After Tuesdays elections, it just may get a little easier, with the minimum wage going up to $8.65 an hour at the first of the year.

However, one local business owner says he already has to pay more than the state's lowest wage.

Times Record (AR): Minimum wage hike widely approved by Sebastian County voters

Times Record (Fort Smith, AR), Nov 8, 2018

Over 68 percent of Sebastian County voters approved state Issue 5 on Tuesday that calls for a gradual minimum wage hike to $11 an hour by 2021. ...

“Arkansas business owners know the minimum wage has been too low for too long and needs a boost,” Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, said in a news release. “They understand the connection between a strong wage floor and strong consumer demand, which is why they support Issue 5. Workers are also customers, and increased pay means increased consumer buying power, as well as lower employee turnover and improved productivity.”

St. Joseph's News Press: Wage hike could reduce need for social services

By Ray Scherer
News-Press Now, Nov 8, 2018

Social service agencies and employers are among those already displaying a keen interest in how Missouri’s amended minimum wage law is implemented next year. ...

A Downtown business owner said placing more money in people’s pockets for spending in the economy can only reap the best of results.

“I think it’s going to be great in the long term for our community and our state,” said Dana Massin, owner of Manic Snail: Paper & Gifts, 618 Francis St.

Missouri News Service: Groups Rejoice as Voters Use Initiatives to Pass Progressive Priorities

By Suzanne Potter
Missouri News Service, Nov 8, 2018

(Springfield) -- Supporters of a higher minimum wage, clean elections and medical marijuana are looking at the next steps to implement the ballot initiatives, while warning politicians not to try to undermine them.

The minimum wage will now rise from $7.85 to $8.60 an hour starting Jan. 1, and will go up 85 cents a year until 2023, when it hits $12 an hour, with cost-of-living increases kicking in annually after that.

Eater: Election Day Results in Minimum Wage Boosts for Restaurant Workers

By Erin DeJesus
Eater, Nov 7, 2018

Voters in Arkansas and Missouri resoundingly approved ballot measures that will increase minimum wage for low-paid workers, including those in the restaurant industry.

Missouri’s Proposition B, which passed with 62 percent of the vote, will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.85 per hour to $12 per hour by 2023. Arkansas’s Issue 5, which passed with 68 percent of the vote, will increase wages from $8.50 an hour to $11 an hour by 2021. ...

In a press release, Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a nonpartisan organization that advocated for both ballot measures, said the minimum wage boost would boost local economies. “Business owners in two red states came out strongly in support of raising the minimum wage,” she said. “That speaks volumes.”

Missourian: Many small businesses downtown welcome a higher minimum wage

By Taya White
Columbia Missourian, Nov 7, 2018

The response from several small businesses in Columbia to an increase in the state’s minimum wage was largely positive Wednesday. ...

“I’m strongly in favor of Prop B,” said Joe Chevalier, who owns Yellow Dog Bookshop on Ninth Street. “I already pay my employees above minimum wage.” ...

Out of 10 businesses contacted, only two said they were not in favor of the wage increase. ...

Downtown business owners and employees recognized the ripple effect of the wage increase on the Missouri economy.

KBIA (NPR): Missouri Votes to Raise Minimum Wage

By Rosie Belson
KBIA (NPR), Columbia, Nov 7, 2018

Proposition B on the Missouri ballot, which sought to raise the state's minimum wage, passed Tuesday by over 60 percent. ...

"We hope that this is enough to start destressing the lives of some of the lowest paid workers in the state," said Lew Prince, the state coordinator for the Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. ...

KRCU (NPR): Missouri To Raise Its Minimum Wage To $12 An Hour By 2023

By Samuel King
KRCU (NPR), Southeast Missouri, Nov 7, 2018

A little more than a year after the Missouri General Assembly stymied Kansas City’s effort to raise the minimum wage, state voters said it’s time for an increase. ...

"I think they recognize that the minimum wage hasn't kept pace with our current society," said Pam Hausner, a campaign manager for Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. "Our buying power now is equivalent to what it was in 1960. So costs are going up but wages aren't. And that has to be remedied."