Missouri voters approve gradual minimum wage increase to $12 an hour

Arkansas voters approve voter I.D. proposal

Voters in Arkansas approved a measure that will increase the state's minimum wage over a span of three years.

The current minimum wage in Missouri is $7.85 an hour.

The federal minimum wage hasn't seen an increase since 2009, when it rose from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour.

The minimum wage in Louisiana, Texas, and MS is now $7.25 per hour.

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There was no organized opposition to the measure, although lawmakers could still alter state statutes to roll the increase back. After that, it would rise or fall each year according to an inflation index. The organization Raise Up Missouri turned in more than 120,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot. That law was meant to pre-empt higher minimum wages in cities like St. Louis and Kansas City. The state Senate in Louisiana previously voted down a bill that would have increased the state's minimum wage to $8 in 2019 and then $8.50 in 2020.

"2 conservative leaning states approved a minimum wage increase last night - AR & MO", he wrote on Twitter. After the raises go into effect, a worker with the same amount of hours would be earning roughly $25,000 in 2023.

"When it comes to the minimum wage, the biggest gap isn't between Republicans and Democrats; it's between politicians who don't want to raise the wage and the people they represent", said Jonathan Schleifer, executive director of the Fairness Project, in an email to CBS MoneyWatch. In May 2017, they passed what's known as a "preemption" law that forbids cities and counties from deviating from the state minimum wage.

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