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Missouri Minimum Wage Increase Proposal
By Gretchen Bolander
JOPLIN, MO.--- Executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors has some Missouri activists campaigning for a similar raise statewide. The Senate bill would ask voters to approve a wage hike to $10 an hour. Currently, Missouri businesses are required to pay at least $7.50 for minimum wage workers. The measure follows an order from President Obama last week setting a $10.10 requirement for federal contracts, something that could have an impact in Joplin.
"Joplin is the beneficiary of a lot of federal funding right now from the disaster recovery, and I don't know that anyone has a clear indication right now of how that would be impacted," said Rob O'Brian, Joplin Chamber of Commerce President.
The executive order hiking the minimum wage on federal contracts goes into effect at the state of 2015.