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Campaign Files Lawsuit

September 20, 1996
By: David Freitas
State Capital Bureau

Supporters of an initiative to raise Missouri's minimum wage are suing to change the language the state has on the ballot.

David Freitas has the story from Jefferson City.

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The Campaign to Reward Work says the language the state plans to put on the ballot is biased and will discourage voters.

According to the official ballot title if passed the increase in minimum wage would cost Missouri 100-million dollars a year.

It also says it will cost local governments a million dollars a year.

But spokesman for the intiative Benjamin Israel says that's not true.

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OutCue: "...any job loss."
Contents: Israel says there is no evidence that there's going to be job loss as the state maintains.

The suit was filed in the Cole County Circuit Court.

There has been no word on when a decision will be made.

David Freitas, reporting from the Capital.