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On Labor Day weekend, Missouri clergy make minimum wage a moral issue

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – This Labor Day weekend, members of the clergy around Missouri brought the issue of worker pay to their congregations.

In November, voters will decide whether to raise Missouri's minimum wage to $6.50 per hour from the federal level of $5.15.

The law would go into effect January 1 and each year after that the rate would automatically rise with inflation.

Father Richard Creason of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in St. Louis said he mentioned the minimum wage proposal in his homily Sunday, but he did not tell his congregation how to vote.

"We speak about it from a matter of principle, the principle of what would be a minimum wage, what it would achieve, but we don't tell people how to vote," Creason said. "This is a serious issue which we as Christians have to reflect upon in a serious kind of way and make a choice which is fair and inclusive of all people."

Many business leaders and Governor Matt Blunt oppose the measure. They say it could harm job growth and the economy.

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