Raising the Minimum Wage
The League of Women Voters believes that one of the goals of social policy in the United States should be to promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families and the most effective social programs are those designed to prevent or reduce poverty. Promoting a minimum wage of at least $12 per hour in Missouri aligns with the League's goals to advance self-sufficiency among individuals and families. A living wage would allow anyone working full item to stay above the federal poverty line and avoid homelessness. The living wage would not improve quality of life for families and individuals or account for emergencies, such as affording health insurance; these families would still live paycheck to paycheck.
Voters resoundingly approved Raise Up Missouri's initiated measure on the November 2018 ballot. Missouri's state minimum wage just went up from 7.70 to $8.60. It will increase to $9.45 in 2020, $10.30 in 2021, $11.15 in 2022 and $12.00 in 2023.