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Group for a Fair Minimum Wage Presents Signatures in Jefferson City

May 02, 2018 - 8:15 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Business owners who support raising Missouri's minimum wage will be in Jefferson City this morning, supporting an effort aimed at putting the issue before voters in November.

They need 107,000 signatures. They say they've collected 120,000. Among those backing the push is Clever Real Estate, Chief Strategy Officer Luke Babich who says the group calling itself "Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage" represents a wide range of businesses.

"There are voices from industries that we usually think of as being opposed to the minimum wage, but who in this case are (for raising the minimum wage). Clearly a lot of the leaders in Business for Fair Minimum Wage are in the retail sector. My company is a tech start up in the real estate space," he said.

The signatures were gathered by the group Raise Up Missouri, and a separate group Missouri Businesses for a Fair Minimum Wage announced its formation and support of the effort.

Supporters want to raise the minimum wage from $7.85 an hour today to $8.60 next year, eventually topping out at $12 an hour in 2023.

“In fact, paying our employees a fair wage means less turnover. It comes with reduced costs across the board. It’s about paying it forward, and not about paying more,” he said.