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Nov. 22, 2012MO |  By: Thomack

Minimum Wage Increase

In a 2006 ballot measure, Missouri voters linked the minimum wage with inflation.

During the past few years, the state minimum wage has equaled the federal minimum, but inflation will push it higher to 7 dollars and 35 cents next year. Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Karen Buschmann says some employers might leave the state in search of lower rates.

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Buschmann says something as important as minimum wage shouldn't be tied to something that automatically increases. She adds the Chamber will pursue legislation that will remove the link, but that failed in the state Senate last year.