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Missouri’s minimum wage is about to increase

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The new year will bring a higher cost of doing businesses for many employers across Missouri. On Jan. 1, 2020, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $9.45. The increase was written into law in 2018 when voters approved Proposition B, which raises the minimum wage each year until it reaches $12 per hour in […]

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Fact check: Chamber not in support of minimum wage hike

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A radio advertisement currently airing across the State of Missouri is deceptively linking chambers of commerce to a push to drastically boost the state’s minimum wage. The advertisement attempts to mislead Missouri voters into believing there is widespread support for Proposition B from Missouri business leaders. The commercial cites “the chamber of commerce’s polling.” In […]

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Missouri Chamber opposes minimum wage hike

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On Feb. 27, the Senate Small Business and Industry Committee heard three Senate bills that would raise Missouri’s minimum wage rate. SB 801 by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed raises the rate to $8.60 per hour in 2019 with 85-cent increases for the following four years to reach $12 by 2023. SB 680 by Sen. Jacob Hummel […]

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Minimum wage bill to become law

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An important bill to ensure Missouri has a consistent minimum wage will become law. Gov. Eric Greitens has decided to allow House Bill 1194 and House Bill 1193 to become law without his signature. The legislation stops municipalities from enacting minimum wage ordinances that vary from the state-set minimum wage. This ensures Missouri companies aren’t […]

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St. Louis City’s minimum wage rises to $10 per hour

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On May 4 in a St. Louis circuit court, Judge Steven Ohmer lifted the injunction on a city ordinance allowing St. Louis City to raise its minimum wage to $10 an hour. The increase goes into effect on May 5. “This move will raise labor costs up to 25 percent for some St. Louis City […]

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Business alliance challenges Supreme Court ruling on minimum wage

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is part of a business alliance that is challenging a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling that will raise labor costs up to 30 percent for some St. Louis City employers.  The business alliance has asked the Missouri Supreme Court for a new hearing.  Under the ruling, employers paying […]

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Congress passes American Rescue Plan

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A vast federal coronavirus relief package was passed by Congress on March 10. The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill is considered to be one of the largest-ever economic stimulus packages in U.S. history. The congressional legislation includes multiple provisions of interest for the business community including additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and the […]

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A pro-business guide to the Nov. 6 election

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There’s a lot at stake for Missouri businesses this election. That’s why we put together a quick summary of the Missouri Chamber’s stances on ballot items and PAC candidate endorsements so you’ll know what choices have the potential to help or harm Missouri employers when you go to the polls on Nov. 6. Now let’s […]

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Initiative petitions could create crowded, complex November ballot

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When Missouri voters head to the polls on Nov. 6, they could be faced with deciding several important ballot items. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office is currently verifying the signatures submitted by several groups hoping to have items placed on the November ballot. One potential ballot item would create a new state law that […]

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This bill could get more infrastructure construction projects funded

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Missouri’s Prevailing Wage Law establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on public construction projects in the state, such as bridges, roads and government buildings. That rate differs by county and by different types of work. The bad news is, the law in its current form is costing taxpayers far more […]

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