(KMOV.com) -- Missouri lawmakers are debating how much workers should be paid while rebuilding after natural disasters.
Currently the issue of wages is a big problem and some believe that is what currently stands in the way of homes and businesses being rebuilt in Joplin, Mo.
The Joplin Globe reports that several southwester Missouri republicans are proposing a law that would allow communities to be exempt from paying the prevailing wage and pay less. Eventually, this could then be applied to disaster areas outside St. Louis and Kansas City.
Joplin, however, continues to suffer as the debate drags on.
Stores in Joplin continue to work diligently trying to open their doors again, seven months after the deadly tornado. Locally owned businesses are moving at a much slower pace.