Our Missouri neighbors who work full time should not have to live in poverty.
By gradually raising Missouri’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, we can help hard-working people meet their basic needs and take care of their families. At the same time, we will help small businesses by injecting new dollars into the local economy and save taxpayers money by helping low-wage workers become more self-reliant.Take Action
When wages are raised at the bottom, money goes right back into our businesses and the larger community.
Mary Faucett, Small Business Owner, Springfield, MO
Every dollar increase in the minimum wage results in $2,800 in new consumer spending per household over the following year.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Study
Costs keep going up, but our wages haven’t kept pace. My husband and I live paycheck-to-paycheck.
Barbara Lomker, 59, a cashier at O’Fallon North Shop-n-Save
We pay a fair wage not just because it’s the right thing to do for the people who work for us. But because it’s good for our business overall.
Keith Bradley, Small Business Owner, Kansas City, MO
The minimum wage proposal would result in an increase of more than $1 billion in consumer buying power in Missouri.
Economic Policy Institute, 5/3/2018
It’s hard, it’s really hard. It’s like you’re living in poverty, and you’re working. It doesn’t make sense.
Barb Vasterling, 67, charter bus driver from St. Louis, MO
The return on investment from living wages includes lower employee turnover, better customer service, higher productivity and a stronger economy, where working people earn enough to buy the product our businesses are selling.
Scott Sandler, Small Business Owner, St. Louis, MO
A lot of times the bills didn't get paid just so we could eat.
Ramona Bailey, mother of 3, childcare worker from Cape Girardeau, MO
A full time worker earning minimum wage in Missouri makes just $16,000 a year.
This initiative would help over 350,000 Missourians including almost a hundred thousand working parents. These are health care workers, classroom aides, janitors and waitresses who put in an honest day’s work and still struggle to get by.
About Raise Up Missouri
Raise Up Missouri is a statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage in Missouri to $8.60 in 2019 and then increase by 85 cents a year until it reaches $12.00 in 2023. Join the movement to raise up Missouri’s economy and working families.Read More