JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Legislation capping Missouri's minimum wage at the federal level has cleared the state House and gone to the Senate.
The bill essentially reverses a measure approved voters in 2006 that adjusts Missouri's minimum wage for inflation. The House approved it Thursday on a vote of 92-60.
Proponents of the legislation say the economic climate has changed since 2006 because of the recession. They say capping the minimum wage is necessary to help Missouri companies compete with employers in other states
Critics say lawmakers should not reverse a measure backed by the voters. They argue that letting the minimum wage rise with inflation could help Missouri's economy by giving workers more money to spend.
Minimum wage is HB61.
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