JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Some state legislators want to limit the growth of Missouri's minimum wage.
A 2006 law approved by Missouri voters requires the state's minimum wage to be adjusted annually with inflation. But if the federal minimum wage is higher, then that is used instead.
Republican House member Jerry Nolte, of Gladstone, has filed legislation prohibiting the Missouri minimum wage from rising above the federal one. The bill has the backing of several other Republicans, as well as a coalition of business groups.
Nolte says it's important for Missouri businesses to keep wages comparable to those of most neighboring states.
Missouri currently follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The state labor department says Missouri's minimum wage this year would otherwise be $7.
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