SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Proposition B, asking Missourians to increase the minimum wage in the state, passed Tuesday night by a 62 percent to 38 percent vote.
Missouri’s current state minimum wage is $7.85, which is not considered a living wage, defined as what a person needs to pay for basic needs like food, housing, medical expenses, and taxes.
Proposition B will increase the state minimum wage to $8.60/hr with an 85-cent/hr increase each year until 2023 when the minimum wage would be $12/hr.
Representative Crystal Quade said this issue is an important one.
“You know we have one of the lowest minimum wages around and we have a lot of folks here struggling, a single mom living on minimum wage with children comes out to be about $300 a week, that’s just not enough money to live on. So I’m excited that the people said to the Missouri legislature that we want to raise the minimum wage,” said Quade.
Government employers and businesses with a less than $500,000 annual income would not be required to pay the state minimum wage.