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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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McCreery wins St. Louis County House seat, Sommer wins St. Charles County seat

A Democrat who ran as an independent after losing out on her party's nomination has prevailed in a three-way race for a vacant state House seat in St. Louis County.

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Missouri's Minimum Wage
4:24 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Mo. ballot measures seek to increase minimum wage

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Missouri voters could be asked next year to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25.

The secretary of state's office on Tuesday approved the summaries on two initiative petitions, meaning proponents can begin collecting signatures to get the measures on the 2012 ballot.

Missouri's minimum wage currently matches the federal requirement of $7.25 an hour.

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Missouri's Minimum Wage
2:37 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Group seeks to raise Mo. minimum wage

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Missouri voters could be asked to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.

A group that backed a successful wage increase in the 2006 elections is now pushing to get the minimum wage issue back on the ballot in Missouri's 2012 elections.

An open-records request from The Associated Press shows that the minimum wage initiative already has been submitted to the secretary of state's office, which must approve a ballot title before supporters can begin gathering signatures.

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Missouri labor issues
6:57 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Community activists launch campaign to combat right-to-work, preserve state min. wage, in Mo.

Mo. Capitol
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Community activists and labor interests in Missouri are getting an early start on combating efforts next year to cap the state’s minimum wage and turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.

Lawmakers failed to freeze the state’s minimum wage during this year’s session, and the right-to-work issue only got a few hours of debate with no vote.

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voter initiatives
6:15 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Legislators may get last word on voter initiatives

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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Missouri is one of 24 states where citizens who gather enough signatures can put a question on the ballot.

They’re called voter initiatives.

While voters have the ability to enact laws in Missouri, those laws can be changed or even overturned by legislators.

This year, two voter-approved laws, one on puppy mills, the other on the minimum wage, have been targeted at the state capitol.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports.

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MO Statehouse
7:09 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Mo. House passes minimum wage restriction

Legislation that would bar the state minimum wage from exceeding the federal rate has passed the Missouri House

A ballot initiative passed in 2006 raised Missouri’s minimum wage to $6.50 an hour and tied future increases to the rate of inflation.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Peabody Energy is expected to announce that it will keep its headquarters in downtown St. Louis. (SLPRnews)
  • Missouri House members have voted to cap the state's minimum wage at the federal rate. The legislation would essentially overturn a 2006 voter-approved law that lets Missouri's minimum wage rise above the federal level based on annual inflation. Proponents contend capping the minimum wage would help small business. They also say it could be difficult for Missouri businesses to compete if the state's minimum wage is higher than those of neighboring states. Critics defend Missouri's existing law and say legislators should not overrule a measure approved by the voters.
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MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Mo. House endorses minimum wage restriction

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the state's minimum wage from exceeding the federal rate.

In 2006, Missouri voters approved a ballot initiative that set the state's minimum wage at $6.50 an hour, and allowed future minimums to rise based on the rate of inflation.  It now matches the federal level of $7.25 an hour.

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Illinois Minimum Wage
12:23 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Ill. senator proposes minimum wage of $10 an hour

An Illinois lawmaker is pushing to raise the state's minimum wage to more than $10 an hour - higher than anywhere else in the United States.

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