Missouri’s minimum-wage workers received a small bump in pay to $7.50 an hour, 25 cents above the federal minimum wage rate, on Wednesday, but a larger one could arrive next year from lawmakers in Jefferson City.
House Bill No. 1098 was pre-filed in December by 27 Democrat representatives and would raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
The bill would also provide a boost to the way workers who receive tips are paid. Employers currently must pay tipped workers a minimum of 50 percent of the minimum wage, which comes to $3.75 an hour. The bill would increase tipped workers’ share to 60 percent of the minimum wage.