Minimum Wage and Payday Loan Initiatives Fail to Make Ballot
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Minimum Wage and Payday Loan Initiatives Fail to Make Ballot

Date: September 4, 2012
By: Lauren Bale
State Capitol Bureau

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Missourians making minimum wage can forget about seeing a pay increase this year.
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Wrap:Missourians for Responsible Lending and Give Missourian's a Raise dropped their lawsuit against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan Monday, ending bids to put minimum wage and payday loan initiatives on the ballot.

A spokeswoman for Carnahan says the groups failed to get enough signatures.

Spokesman for the two groups, Sean Soendker Nicholson, disagrees.

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Description: "We believed, and still believe frankly, that we submitted more than enough ballot signatures to be on the ballot for November."

Nicholson says the groups will try again next year.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Lauren Bale.

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Missouri groups will continue to fight for minimum wage and payday loan initiatives, despite failed attempts.
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Wrap: Their initiatives failed to make the November ballot due to lack of signatures, but spokesman for Missourians for Responsible Lending and Give Missourian's a Raise says the groups will just try harder next year.

The groups originally filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, over a disagreement regarding the number of ballot signatures. Carnahan's spokeswoman says the case was simple.

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Description: "It's pretty straight forward, I think, they didn't have a sufficient number of signatures and they have dropped the lawsuit."

The groups spokesman says they had enough signatures and dropped the lawsuit due to a lack of funds.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Lauren Bale.

  

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Missouri groups say increasing the minimum wage is important to many Missourian's, despite the fact the initiative will not appear on the November ballot.
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Wrap: Missourians for Responsible Lending and Give Missourian's a Raise spokesman Sean Soendker Nicholson says residents will not have a chance to vote on an issue they feel strongly about for at least another year.

Despite not getting enough signatures to put minimum wage and payday loan initiatives on the November ballot, Nicholson says the groups will continue to fight for what voters want.

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Description: "It is most certaintly the case that Missourians are demanding these changes and we're going to do everything we can to put them into law."

Missouri's minimum wage is currently the same as the Federal minimum wage.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Lauren Bale.


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