You've heard the debate from both sides of Missouri's minimum wage issue.
Now let's look at how a minimum wage hike has affected a country with a similar economic structure...Canada.
K-B-I-A's Kelly Just is from Canada. She brings us a unique perspective on how the minimum wage issue has affected a province of her country.
British Columbia or B-C is Canada's most western province...and, since last October, it has been paying workers seven Canadian dollars-an-hour...the highest minimum wage rate in the country.
Based on current exchange rates...7 Canadian dollars equals five-dollars and 25 cents in U-S currency.
British Columbia's economy relies mostly on tourism, the service sector, forestry and mining. The province has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country.
Despite an unemployment rate that continues to fall and a growing economy...some see the recent minimum wage increase as a hindrance.
Suromitra Sanatani (shur-oh-MITHRA san-ah-TAN-ee) is the director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in B-C.
She says most businesses objected to a higher rate when it was first announced.
Sanatani disagrees with the often heard argument that the minimum wage needs to be raised to a level people can comfortably live on.
She says those kind of jobs are only meant to be stepping stones, especially for young people.
Sanatani blames the higher wage rate for British Columbia's youth unemployment rate...now at 16 percent.
She suggests that when employers must pay seven dollars an hour, they choose the more experienced workers to fill the slots.
The Fraser Institute is a probusiness research center for social and economic policy in Vancouver.
Policy Analyst, Fazil Mihlar (fah-ZEAL ME-lar) studies the minimum wage situation in Canada and abroad.
He agrees with Sanatani that B-C youth have suffered under a higher wage rate...as well as those already on government assistance.
Mihlar says while he understands the desire to lower the poverty rate and improve people's standard of living...there's no evidence to show an increase in the minimum wage makes that happen.
In fact, he suggests those good intentions may cause harm.
Labor groups don't see eye to eye with Mihlar, Sanatani, and other probusiness organizations.
Bill Tielman is the Director of Communications for the B-C Federation of Labor.
He supports the idea of lowering the poverty rate through a higher base wage...and says there's no excuse for rich countries like the U-S and Canada to pay workers less than they need to survive.
Tielman suggests that the economy grows even faster when workers bring home more money.
Tielman says there's probably no better time for a wage increase in Missouri.
The Fraser Institute also worries about a higher wage eroding the province's competitive edge.
Mihlar says that since last year's wage hike, British Columbia has probably lost some business to its closest neighbors...Washington state and the province of Alberta to the east.
But he suggests Missouri has even more to worry about with seven surrounding states...all with borders just a few hours away.
Mihlar points to phone companies that now operate out of the Caribbean instead of the United States as an example of an industry that's relocated to lower its operating costs.
He says dropping equipment prices may also lure employers to replace people with machines.
Either way, Mihlar suggests that as always, customers will hunt for the best bargain...and unless Missouri companies can lower costs...that may mean shopping across the border.
But, Tielman and the Federation of Labor say it's absurd to blame slower competition on a minimum wage hike.
Tielman says competition and job losses are always cited when the wage rate is discussed. But aside from an occasional anecdote, he says there's been no proof.
Tielman does have some advice for Missourians when they go to the polls.
It's barely been more than one year since B-C got the highest minimum wage in Canada...so some studies have yet to be conducted.
While there's no perfect solution, it appears that at least for now, British Columbia has found the best of both worlds...a dropping unemployment rate and a higher wage.
Just more food for thought before the November election.
Reporting for K-B-I-A's Capital Edition, I'm Kelly Just.