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Missouri Gov OKs Repealing St. Louis Minimum Wage

July 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Jefferson City, MO - Workers in St. Louis who’ve been making the city’s new $10-an-hour minimum wage will get a drastic pay cut at the end of the summer.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced July 3 that he would not veto a bill that prohibits local governments from setting minimums higher than the state’s, and will let it become law without his signature. When it goes into effect Aug. 28, St. Louis' $10 minimum, which went into effect in early May, will be cut back to the state minimum of $7.70 an hour. “Our state needs more private-sector paychecks and bigger private-sector paychecks,” Greitens said in a statement. “Politicians in St. Louis passed a bill that fails on both counts: it will kill jobs, and despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people's pockets.” Service Employees International Union Local 1 responded that in reality, a state-imposed 23% cut in private-sector paychecks would take money out of the pockets of tens of thousands of working people. “For me and so many others, that means going back to living paycheck to paycheck,” janitor Sierra Parker said in the union’s statement. Read more
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