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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 faced with complying with a patchwork of workplace laws. It also rolls back a St. Louis minimum wage hike.

The bills were sponsored by Rep. Dan Shaul, a Republican from Imperial, and Rep. Jason Chipman, a Republican from St. James.

Gov. Greitens released this statement regarding his decision to allow this legislation to become law:

“I ran for governor to bring more jobs to Missouri. Our state needs more private sector paychecks and bigger private sector paychecks. Politicians in St. Louis passed a bill that fails on both counts: it will kill jobs, and despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people’s pockets. This isn’t an easy issue. Too many Missourians struggle to get by. They work hard. They want to get ahead. They need leaders who have their back — and I do. The St. Louis politicians who did this claim it will help people. It’ll hurt them. This increase in the minimum wage might read pretty on paper, but it doesn’t work in practice. Government imposes an arbitrary wage, and small businesses either have to cut people’s hours or let them go. They tried this in Seattle. The minimum wage went up, and the results are heartbreaking: the average worker in the city lost $125 a month. That’s $1,500 a year because jobs were lost and hours were cut. Liberals say these laws help people. They don’t. They hurt them. Politicians in the legislature could’ve come up with a timely solution to this problem. Instead, they dragged their feet for months. Now, because of their failures, we have different wages across the state. It’s created uncertainty for small businesses. And it all could have been avoided if the politicians had done their job on time. I disapprove of the way politicians handled this. That’s why I won’t be signing my name to their bill. What I support—and what I will continue to deliver—are results: policies that will raise the take-home pay and opportunities of all Missourians. That’s how Missouri will grow, and that’s what should have happened here.”

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