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Minimum Wage Set to Drop in Missouri

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Cities all over the United States have been boosting their minimum wage. It's up to $15 an hour in Seattle, but it's going in the opposite direction in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Phyllis P (237)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 3:20 pm
Cities all over the country have been boosting their minimum wage. It's up to $15 an hour in Seattle, but it's going in the opposite direction in St. Louis. But after nationwide protests, the minimum wage went up on July 1, or will go up soon -- from Chicago to Flagstaff, Arizona, and Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Wanda Roberts, a minimum wage worker in St. Louis, said the new $10 wage brought in an extra $400 a month and helped the local economy. "If we're making $10 an hour, we're going to go right back out and spend that money," Roberts said. And now that it's being reversed, she says she would "go back to struggling."

Kathleen M (224)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 3:24 pm
Grimly S&N. Thx for sharing Phyllis. My sympathies are with the workers on this issue...

Animae C (516)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 3:37 pm
WTF, crazy!!!!!

MmAway M (505)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 4:00 pm
And now that it's being reversed, she says she would "go back to struggling."

"Trying to worry about how I'm going to pay my rent, how I'm going to pay my bills and how I'm going to have money left over to buy household supplies and food," she added. In St. Louis, the minimum wage was going to increase to $11 an hour in January. Now, that won't happen. And by one estimate, 38,000 workers could miss out on a raise. "

I don't get it REVERSE??? TY Phyllis. Everything is kinda SCREWBALL now days!


JL A (281)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 4:13 pm
I really hate the way states are trying to pre-empt cities doing what is right for their residents and local economies...thanks for revealing this power mania in yet another GOP state Phyllis.

Bill K (4)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 4:53 pm
All this talk about raising minimum wages ignores the plight of all those poor millionaires who have to struggle so hard everyday to keep up with their billionaire neighbors. How else are they going to satisfy their infinite lust and greed if not on the backs of the working poor.

David C (131)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 5:23 pm
just remember that Missouri also proudly supported both sides of the Civil War

Philippa P (10)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 7:55 pm
Noted. Thanks, Phyllis. Disgusting. I'd like to see those lawmakers have to live on a lowered minimum wage for 1 year. Then, we'll see if their attitude changes.

Christeen A (368)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 9:22 pm
How is this possible..............

Sue H (7)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 11:42 pm

Jim Ven (0)
Friday July 7, 2017, 3:02 am
thanks for sharing.

Jerome S (0)
Friday July 7, 2017, 3:32 am

Harry K (0)
Friday July 7, 2017, 3:45 am
such a shame for workers

Evelyn B (62)
Friday July 7, 2017, 4:05 am
It's the small businesses that struggle to pay increased minimum wages - because unless they raise prices or reduce numbers of employees, their turnover doesn't cover the additional costs. For them, it creates a vicious circle that often breaks them. So one sees small businesses forced to close. And that contributes to unemployment.

But the people who fight hardest against minimum wages aren't actually the ones who can't cope, can't survive economically ...

It's the big businesses, chainstores etc - whose Boards & owners cream off a comfortable profit, certainly more than they need to meet their own real needs. The people who might perhaps have to reduce very slightly their expenditure on the golf club, or the yachts, or new clothes, or new cars etc ... (NB - I said "or" intentionally ...)

Lona G (80)
Friday July 7, 2017, 5:27 am
Not only are the workers going back to "struggling" in Missouri, if the GOP has their way, they'll get any help in terms of food stamps an welfare cut too. And they better not get sick because they can no longer afford healthcare for themselves and their families. And those little businesses that cut their salaries never had a health plan for them; soon the big ones do not need to offer one either.

I feel sorry for those little business owners who'll now deprive their workers of any reasonable income, making sure they'll never be able to spend any money in the same little businesses, freeing up money for tax cuts for the very rich, those who'll be the only ones to afford their business, but who'll never consider going there, only to the high-end businesses of their palls. So after making sure rich will get their "fair share" of cuts, those little business-owners will go bust, along with their employers, because they rather believe the Republicans than "those libruls."

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday July 7, 2017, 6:01 am
Noted, Thanks

Mike M (40)
Friday July 7, 2017, 6:41 am
No better way to keep the population under the thumb of the elites and government than to deny them of the ability to care for themselves and their family. Welcome to the republican oligarchy and take over of the country.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Friday July 7, 2017, 10:10 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Friday July 7, 2017, 10:11 am
Sorry....Noted, Thank you

Evelyn B (62)
Friday July 7, 2017, 1:10 pm
Lona - that comment deserves many more than one GS

Anne K (139)
Friday July 7, 2017, 4:57 pm
Thanks, Phyllis. Poor and middle class people who vote republican must be masochists or extremely ignorant.

Julie W (32)
Friday July 7, 2017, 5:14 pm
Surely it would be in everyone's interest if small businesses had some kind of incentive (eg tax reduction?) so they could continue to keep going and employ staff., while paying them a decent wage. Or is that just too sensible?

Colleen L (3)
Friday July 7, 2017, 9:59 pm
That is insane. Thanks Phyllis

Jerome S (0)
Saturday July 8, 2017, 3:06 am
thanks for sharing.

Jim Ven (0)
Saturday July 8, 2017, 4:41 am

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday July 8, 2017, 11:09 am
During the time of the railroad barons, when children as young as 8 worked in the mills and the coal mines, an entire family worked just to keep a tiny shelter over their heads, most of those shelters were miserable and run down, and the family was barely eating enough to be able to work the next day so the one who owned that factory or coal mine could sit on top of the hill somewhere, away from the noise and shoot and look down on the dregs of the earth. The same people who were making his family rich and prosperous.

Over the years our ancestors fought, some being maimed, others even died to get a few extra coins in their pockets and a day off. They found some more to earn a bit more so that their children could attend school and not have to work, because now they made enough for everyone to eat without their child working too.

They fought over the years to gain safer working conditions, paid vacations, and even so many sick days per month. They fought over the years to be paid high enough they could go away some place on those vacations, send their children to college, and buy a nicer car to not only go to work and the grocery store but to drive to the seashore to stick their feet in the water, or drive to the mountains to feel the cooler air away from the cities.

Little by little those FEW on the hill have been clawing it all back and this story is another example of this being done. Schools are closing up, but that will be okay, because in time those children will be back to shining the rich people's shoes, washing their clothes, and working around the drilling rigs. People best stop being so apathetic and start rolling up their sleeves and fighting back. It's already gone too far don't wait until we are a 3rd world Nation. We are already there for many people in various parts of the USA.

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday July 8, 2017, 11:12 am
Oh, by the way, I've a friend that lives in Missouri and she said that stores are closing up already there. She is wondering where she will shop as everything is further and further away to find anything. Is this how Missouri figures it can reverse this trend, on the backs of it's employees?

As Ford understood, if he paid salaries high enough to buy the cars his employees were making he'd win. If they were too poor to buy what they made he would only sell a few to the wealthy and that would be the end of it.

Beth M (138)
Saturday July 8, 2017, 5:00 pm
Evil Repugs. People cannot live well on even $15 minimum wage if they have to pay for healthcare.

Mandi T (375)
Saturday July 8, 2017, 6:09 pm
So wrong. And in S.F. talking about raising it.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday July 8, 2017, 10:18 pm
Sad, but at least they should be able to pay all their workers.

Dawnie W (250)
Saturday July 8, 2017, 11:38 pm
💙💜Noted... My goodness, the modern life is not all it is cracked up to be. The big shopping complexes have their tenets by the curlies and charge obscene amounts of rent until they go broke and are out on their nose and the shops are standing empty. 💙💜Thank you...Phyllis💙💜

😉💜ღ 💙Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺💜L💙ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all💜😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ღ💙😉

Joette B (0)
Sunday July 9, 2017, 10:46 pm
Dandelion is right The employers always claim to need more money to stay open have you seen their homes?

Paulina C. (0)
Tuesday July 11, 2017, 8:24 am
Wage is the only money some of us live for. The lucky ones have a little money set aside for a rainy day, but most of us are juggling with money challenges every day. I think that people who have known the news will have to look for instant payday loans no credit check to somehow not turn out bankrupts. We all know about the economic problems in the country, but no one has stopped working and believing in the country. I hope that ordinary workers will find ways to manage their accounts and save some money for the future.

Beryl Ludwig (80)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 11:30 am
so cruel! What year and century is this? very sad for the families trying to get by.
Thank you Phyllis

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 1:35 pm
As long as people keep voting in the Greedy Heartless Ones we'll keep getting greedy and heartless.
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