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Jun 2 2015
Contact: Stephanie Fleming, (573) 526-0949

Kander Announces Three Initiative Petitions Relating to Minimum Wage Approved for Circulation for 2016 Ballot



Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced three initiative petitions relating to minimum wage met state standards for circulation.

The official ballot title for initiative petition 2016-045 reads:

Shall Missouri law be amended to:

  • increase the state minimum wage to $9.00 per hour with a $1.00 per hour increase each year until 2023, when the minimum wage would be $15.00 per hour;

  • adjust the state minimum wage based on changes in the Consumer Price Index each January beginning in 2024;

  • mandate that the state minimum wage at least equal the federal minimum wage;

  • increase the employer portion of tipped employee wages from 50% to 60% of the state minimum

    wage; and

  • increase the penalty for paying employees less than the minimum wage?

    Increased state and local government expenses resulting from this proposal may be up to $397 million annually if funding is appropriated. State and local government tax revenue could increase by an estimated $489 million annually; however, employment decisions made by businesses could impact this estimate.

    The official ballot title for initiative petition 2016-046 reads:

    Shall Missouri law be amended to:

  • increase the state minimum wage to $9.00 per hour with a $1.00 per hour increase each year until 2020, when the minimum wage would be $12.00 per hour;

  • adjust the state minimum wage based on changes in the Consumer Price Index each January beginning in 2021;

  • mandate that the state minimum wage at least equal the federal minimum wage;

  • increase the employer portion of tipped employee wages from 50% to 60% of the state minimum

    wage; and

  • increase the penalty for paying employees less than the minimum wage?

    Increased state and local government expenses resulting from this proposal may be up to $125 million annually if funding is appropriated. State and local government tax revenue could increase by an estimated $249 million annually; however, employment decisions made by businesses could impact this estimate.

    The official ballot title for initiative petition 2016-047 reads:

    Shall Missouri law be amended to:

    • increase the state minimum wage to $9.00 per hour with a $1.00 per hour increase each year until

      2019, when the minimum wage would be $11.00 per hour;

    • adjust the state minimum wage based on changes in the Consumer Price Index each January

      beginning in 2020;

    • mandate that the state minimum wage at least equal the federal minimum wage;

    • increase the employer portion of tipped employee wages from 50% to 60% of the state minimum

      wage; and

    • increase the penalty for paying employees less than the minimum wage?

      Increased state and local government expenses resulting from this proposal may be up to $73 million annually if funding is appropriated. State and local government tax revenue could increase by an estimated $189 million annually; however, employment decisions made by businesses could impact this estimate.

      Before any statutory changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2016 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to five (5) percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts.

      Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2016 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 8, 2016.

      Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state and attorney general. The secretary of state then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words, and the state auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the attorney general. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.

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