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Missouri minimum wage to jump to $7.50 in 2014

by JRBJ Staff

On the heels of a move by the Massachusetts Senate to raise the state’s minimum wage, Missouri is following suit – but not as drastically.

The Missouri minimum wage will increase by 15 cents in January, to $7.50 per hour, according to the Missouri labor department. The increase is in keeping with a 2006 voter-approved ballot measure mandating the minimum wage be adjusted annually based on changes in the consumer price index.

In Massachusetts, however, Senate lawmakers on Nov. 19 passed legislation increasing the state’s minimum wage to $11 per hour from $8. The measure will now go before the state’s House of Representatives, which likely won’t debate the issue until after the new year.

While less severe, the Missouri change is drawing the same sorts of criticisms as the Massachusetts decision. According to a story by the Associated Press, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is panning the increase as harmful for business, while lobbying groups like Missouri Jobs with Justice is saying the slight increase is still not enough for state families.

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