Missouri Passes Bill To Prevent Municipal Minimum Wage Increases, Cites Disastrous Impacts Elsewhere

Missouri Governor Eric Greitans announced that he will allow the passage of House Bill 1194 which states that no city in Missouri is allowed a municipal minimum wage above $7.70 an hour.

Along with making his announcement, Greitans noted a study that demonstrated how an increased minimum wage in Seattle proved detrimental to businesses and workers. He also cited in increased minimum wage in the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

“I ran for governor to bring more jobs to Missouri,” Greitans addressed in a statement. “Our state needs more private sector paychecks and bigger private sector paychecks. Politicians in St. Louis passed a bill that fails on both counts: It will kill jobs, and despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people’s pockets.

“The St. Louis politicians who did this claim it will help people. It’ll hurt them. This increase in the minimum wage might read pretty on paper, but it doesn’t work in practice,” exclaimed Greitens. “Government imposes an arbitrary wage, and small businesses either have to cut people’s hours or let them go. They tried this in Seattle. The minimum wage went up, and the results are heartbreaking: The average worker in the city lost $125 a month. That’s $1,500 a year because jobs were lost and hours were cut. Liberals say these laws help people. They don’t. They hurt them.”

Although he is allowing the bill to pass, Greitans is refusing to sign it because he believes legislators did not develop a detailed enough bill.

“Politicians in the legislature could’ve come up with a timely solution to this problem. Instead, they dragged their feet for months. Now, because of their failures, we have different wages across the state,” Greitens stated. “It’s created uncertainty for small businesses. And it all could have been avoided if the politicians had done their job on time.

“I disapprove of the way politicians handled this. That’s why I won’t be signing my name to their bill,” he asserted.


First reported by The Blaze.