Proposition B will be on the ballot for Missouri voters this November. If approved, the minimum wage in Missouri would go from $7.85 to $8.60 in January 2019 and then increase yearly until it gets to $12 an hour in 2023. It is not enough, but it is a start. Of course, there are those that are opposing this measure, and they are representing big corporations: Associated Industries of Missouri and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Notably absent from those opposed to the measure are a growing number of small businesses, as reported by the Joplin Globe:
“Shortly after the initiative was certified by the secretary of state, a coalition of businesses announced support for the measure. The group, Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, has more than 350 signatories, including 14 in Joplin and more than 50 in Springfield. The 14 in Joplin are Dinosaur Academy, Carmen’s Apples and More, Home Town Siding, Forget Me Not Flea Market, Hardwood Creations, The Bruncheonette, Bearded Lady Coffee Roasters, Makayla Grace Designs, MEs Place Soulfood Cafe, Affordable Cycle Parts and More, Anderson Glass, Tint-N-More, Quinn’s Custom Framing and Frosted Cakerie.”
This flies in the face of the oft repeated rhetoric that minimum wage increases would hurt small businesses the most. What that rhetoric always misses is that small business owners are part of the community. Small business owners recognize that it is good for the community for workers to earn a living wage. And, in fact, in the end, it is better for small businesses if their customers can more easily afford to spend their wages at local businesses.
Now, if small businesses recognize the benefit of workers receiving a living wage, just who are these businesses that the Chamber of Commerce is representing in opposing an increase to the minimum wage? They are large corporations, many of which are based in other states, maybe in other countries altogether. Because those businesses don’t care about the general welfare of a local community. All they care about is profit, and having to pay higher wages will cut into their profits. So, these large corporations have been opposing minimum wage increases for years, and to their benefit. We need to start putting people before profit.
So, Missouri, you have a choice to make, will you support Proposition B, and in turn support your local communities? Or will you oppose Proposition B and support Corporate Executives in their luxury offices in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Frankfurt, etc?
Seems like an easy choice.