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Million Dollar Price Tag Removed

October 21, 1996
By: David Freitas
State Capital Bureau

Supporters of a propostion that would raise the minimum wage in Missouri are celebrating a major victory today... after a judge threw out ballot language they called biased.

David Freitas has the rection from Jefferson City.

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With less than three weeks before the election, the Missouri ballot is still changing.

The 100-million dollar cost estimate attatched to the proposed increase in the minimum has now been eliminated from the ballot.

Cole County Circuit Court Judge Byron Kinder reversed an earlier decision, throwing out the mulit-million dollar price tag attatched to proposition A.

A lawyer for the supporters, Art Martin, says the decision was appropriate.

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OutCue: ...of proposition "A."
Contents: Martin says the decision removes editorial comments about the consequences about proposition A.

The sudden removal of the language comes after a Missouri Supreme Court decision Friday.

The decision stated that the committee that estimates the cost of measures does not have the power to do so.

David Freitas, reporting from the Capital.


Opponents of a proposed increase in Missouri's minimum wage received some bad news today... when a Circuit Court judge threw out a cost estimate attatched to the measure.

David Freitas has the story from Jefferson City.

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What opponents viewed as the major deterrent from raising the minimum wage has been eliminated from the ballot.

A 100-million dollar cost estimate used to be on the ballot, telling voters how much it would allegedly cost to raise the wage.

But now that language is gone... and oppponents like Mark Rhoads say the other side has pressed for this decision for only one reason.

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OutCue: ...other avenues.
Contents: [139K WAV file - Rhoads says supporters want to hide the true cost of this measure. ]

The sudden removal of the cost estimate comes after Missoui's Supreme Court ruled that the committee that estimates the cost of measures does not have that power.

David Freitas, reporting from the Capital.