Lawmakers pushing back on voter-approved minimum wage hike

Some Missouri legislators are looking to roll back the state’s minimum wage hike with new legislation.

A bill proposed by Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, would freeze tipped workers’ minimum wage at $4.30 per hour, even as the state minimum wage continues to rise over the next five years. The minimum rate for workers under 18 would be 85 percent of the state minimum.

The Small Business and Industry Committee held a hearing on Cunningham’s bill last Thursday.

Cunningham is expected to introduce language for his bill by Thursday.

Another bill, from Rep. Robert Ross, R-Yukon, would completely repeal the minimum wage increase.

These legislative maneuvers are in response to Proposition B, which garnered 62 percent of votes statewide last November. Under the law, minimum wage went up to $8.60 per hour in January from $7.85. The rate is set to increase by 85 cents every year until it hits $12 in 2023.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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