Think you want to vote to #RaiseTheWage, but still have a few questions? Find answers below!
Will increasing the minimum wage impact rural areas differently than urban and suburban communities?
The cost of basic necessities – groceries, transportation, housing – has gone up, but the minimum wage has not kept pace. So people living and working in every county of Missouri are falling behind.
Communities across Missouri will benefit from raising the minimum wage. Low wage workers will have more to spend and businesses, particularly small businesses, will see increased revenue because low wage workers spend their additional revenue locally.
For a family of 3, the average cost of living in St. Louis County is $54,405; but in Worth County – Missouri’s most rural area – the average cost of living for a family of 3 is still $50,150 a year. In either location, even if there are two parents working full time for minimum wage, that family is still over $15,000 short. That’s why raising Missouri’s minimum wage is so important.
Some people say minimum wage workers are mainly teenagers, flipping burgers at a summer job. Who are the workers that make minimum wage?
Raising the minimum wage will affect Missourians from all walks of life. This initiative helps more than 677,000 Missourians, including classroom aides, home health care workers, restaurant employees, custodians, and other hardworking people.
This initiative honors work and helps workers become more self-reliant, ensuring that all Missourians are paid enough to live and take care of their families.
Will increasing the minimum wage have any impact on small businesses?
Hundreds of businesses from across Missouri have publicly expressed their support for the initiative; because they know it means more revenue from increased consumer spending, cost savings from lower employee turnover, increased productivity, and happier customers.
That’s why, in announcing its endorsement of the initiative to raise the minimum wage to $12, Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage noted, “Raising the minimum wage will boost sales as Missouri workers have more money to spend at local businesses,” adding that raising Missouri’s minimum wage gradually to $12 by 2023 “will be good for businesses, customers, and our economy.”
Does raising the minimum wage lead to price increases or job losses?
Prices for basic necessities like food, clothing, housing, and transportation have all been going up for years. The problem is that wages haven’t kept pace, so people are falling behind.
In states that have increased their minimum wage, neither the job losses nor the price increases that opponents predicted actually occurred. But what did happen is that wage earners at the low end of the scale saw their earning increase. That’s just what raising the minimum wage is intended to do.
Will raising the minimum wage have an effect on taxes and taxpayers?
Because people who earn minimum wage are those most likely to spend their income and spend it with local small businesses for basic necessities like food and clothing, it is estimated by the state of Missouri that state and local government tax revenue could increase by as much as $214 million dollars.
Additionally, the extra money spent by low-wage workers gets funneled back to businesses large and small that need to hire more workers to keep up with the increased demand, helping to create even more economic growth. That’s great for those small, local businesses and it’s great for Missouri taxpayers.