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Missouri Debates Increasing Minimum Wage on November Ballot Initiative

Oct 18 2006
A referendum to raise the state minimum wage by 25 percent from $5.15 an hour to $6.50 an hour will be on the Missouri ballot at the upcoming midterm election. NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman explains the ballot issue.

Let Justice Roll mobilizes values voters with hundreds of minimum wage events across U.S.

Sep 27 2006
OCTOBER "LIVING WAGE DAYS" Build Momentum For Ballot Measures in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana and Ohio

New York City -- As Congress continues to stall on raising the minimum wage, the national Let Justice Roll Campaign will hold hundreds of rallies, workshops, religious services and prayer breakfasts in October to build support for raising the minimum wage at the state and federal level.

Missouri Catholic Conference: Wage Increase would benefit Missourians

St. Louis Review, Sep 7 2006

The Missouri Catholic Conference is supporting Proposition B, a measure on the November ballot to raise the minimum wage in Missouri from $5.15 an hour to $6.50 an hour with increases tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Missouri law does not set a dollar minimum but rather adopts the federal minimum wage by reference. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 1996. Because of increases in the cost-of-living, the current minimum wage is at its lowest value in more than 50 years.

Increasing Missouri's Minimum Wage

By Liana Fox and Jared Bernstein
Economic Policy Institute, Sep 7 2006
Since 1938 the federal government has set a minimum value for an hour's work. This has been an important policy supporting the wage levels of low-wage workers and establishing a floor below which Congress will not let wages fall. The last time Congress adjusted the minimum wage was nine years ago in 1997. Over the intervening years, the minimum wage has lost much of its effectiveness, as its real purchasing power has fallen to historically low levels.

Sunday's "Labor in the Pulpits"

By Don Corrigan
South County Times, Sep 1 2006
This Sunday local congregations here and around the state may hear a message tailored to have a political impact on election day, Nov. 7. At stake is Prop B, a ballot proposal to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.50 an hour.

"I have to say that any country that cuts the services of the poor, and holds their wages down, while giving tax breaks to the richest, has a serious moral problem," said Rev. Katie Hawker with the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Webster Groves.

Minimum wage increase heading for Nov. ballot

St. Louis Review, Aug 25 2006

A proposal to increase the minimum wage in Missouri is one of two initiatives that have been approved for the November ballot.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced earlier this month that the initiative petition measures have been certified for the ballot after meeting requirements. The other measure concerns embryonic stem-cell research.

On Labor Day weekend, Missouri clergy make minimum wage a moral issue

By Matt Sepic
KWMU, Aug 4 2006
This Labor Day weekend, members of the clergy around Missouri brought the issue of worker pay to their congregations.

In November, voters will decide whether to raise Missouri's minimum wage to $6.50 per hour from the federal level of $5.15.

The law would go into effect January 1 and each year after that the rate would automatically rise with inflation.

Working poor need a living wage

Op-ed by William G. Sinkford and Charlie Clements
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jun 26 2006

There are more than 300 verses in the Bible that express God's concern for the poor. The principle of tzedakah, or "charity," is central to Judaism. Zakat, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, dictates that we provide for those in need. Gandhi called poverty the "worst form of violence."

Missourians will decide on minimum wage

By Crystal Sparks
KBIA, Columbia, MO, Jun 23 2006
This week, the US Senate failed to pass a bill that would raise the nine year old federal minimum wage to $7.25. Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent both voted against an increase in federal minimum wage, but this battle is not yet over for Missouri. The issue will be given to the voters to decide on the November ballot. Give Missourians a Raise , a statewide coalition, hired workers and volunteers to petition around the state earlier this summer.

Groups attempt to increase minimum wage

By Steve Oslica
The Maneater, U. of Missouri-Columbia student newspaper, Apr 25 2006
Rep. Judy Baker, D-Columbia, said putting more money in people's pockets would help stimulate the economy, especially because so much time has passed since the last time the minimum wage was increased.

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