Missouri business owners, workers split on minimum wage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | Missouri business owners and hourly workers have mixed feelings about whether the state should change its minimum wage law.

Several business owners told a House panel Wednesday lawmakers should repeal a minimum wage law Missouri voters approved in 2006. The law provides for annual cost of living adjustments to keep up with inflation.

The business owners said Missouri's minimum wage should stay equal to the federal minimum to help businesses get through the current economic downturn.

Members of a labor rights group called Missouri Jobs for Justice testified the state should keep the law in place. They said it helps workers keep up with price increases for things they need, like food and housing.

The House Committee on International Trade and Job Creation will likely vote on the bill next week.