Tuesday, July 11, 2017
AFTER MISSOURI MINIMUM WAGE CRACKDOWN: WILL STATEWIDE BALLOT INITIATIVE EARN SUPPORT???
Jeff City killed the minimum wage increase in STL . . . In August, Kansas City votes on another measure that CANNOT be put into action given recent developments in the Legislature.
Here's a look at the fallout from the predictable decision . . .
STL Public Radio: St. Louis, Kansas City take stock of minimum wage hikes being undone by GOP lawmakers
"While some want to see a lawsuit to save St. Louis and Kansas City’s ordinances, the best hope may be pursuing a statewide ballot initiative boosting the minimum wage everywhere. Missouri Jobs with Justice already is gathering signatures to get it on the November ballot."
WILL A MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE GARNER FAVOR AMONG MISSOURI VOTERS?!?
Things to consider:
- There are a lot of broke-ass people working crappy minimum wage jobs in rural Missouri. They need a raise and they might cross partisan, demographic and cultural lines to get one.
- Threats about small biz shutting down are empty. If a Missouri biz can't afford to pay 10 bucks an hour, that biz can't afford to hire workers in the first place.
- This issue is gaining, not losing momentum. Robots can't make cheeseburgers just yet. Robots are a lot more expensive to buy and maintain than a measly 10 bucks an hour. There's still a great deal of crappy work out there that needs to be done by humans. Those humans need to be paid fairly for their labor and a crackdown down on people WORKING to make a few bucks is a bad look for any politico despite Internets hateration.
Fun fact, at the very least even Prez Trump has mentioned raising the minimum wage in passing.
But, as always, we look to our blog community for unfiltered and sometimes intelligent perspectives on the debate that's heating up.
Developing . . .