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Minimum Wage Ballot Issue Causes Confusion

October 22, 1996
By: Kelly Just
State Capital Bureau

There's confusion over what will happen to the new federal minimum wage in Missouri if voters agree to increase the state wage.

Kelly Just reports from the State Capital.

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A vote in favor of proposition A on November 5th would give Missouri the highest minimum wage in the nation.

That has the Missouri department of labor questioning what will happen to the pay scale of the 63-thousand federal employees living and working in this state.

Tammy Berg is the department's assistant director.

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Contents: [168K WAV file - Berg says there's a real question about comparing proposition A and the new federal minimum wage law...wondering who will be effected by which law.]

Berg says if proposition A passes she expects some kind of challenge to the law, possibly even litigation.

Berg also points out that very few federal employees make minimum wage.

She says most are paid much higher salaries.

From the State Capital, Kelly Just, K-M-O-X news.


A ballot issue to raise Missouri's minimum wage over the new federal rate could cause havoc with workers.

Kelly Just has the story from Jefferson City.

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Missourians will decide November 5th if they want the highest minimum wage in the country.

But that could pose problems for workers.

Tammy Berg is the assistant director of the Missouri Department of Labor.

She says if proposition A passes, she expects a lot of discussion on which wage rate will be used...the new federal one or the state amount.

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Contents: [160K WAV file - Berg says she thinks it's safe to say there will be a challenge to proposition A...possibly in litigation to decide which wage law will apply.]

Missouri has 63-thousand federal employees living and working in the state.

But Berg doubts they will be effected because most earn more than the minimum rate.

From the State Capitol, Kelly Just, K-M-O-X News.