In 2006, 76 percent of Missouri voters supported a plan to increase the minimum wage to $6.50 and tie any future annual increases in the minimum wage to changes in the Consumer Price index.
However, Rep. Jerry Nolte (R-Gladstone) and some of his fellow Republican colleagues think that (as Roy Blunt would put it) "the Federal Gubmint" is a better authority for setting Missouri workers' wages than voters in the state.
According to the Associated Press, Nolte filed legislation prohibiting the Missouri minimum wage from rising above the federal one. The bill has the backing of several other Republicans, as well as a coalition of business groups.
I guess competitive wages might have been the only thing Nolte and his fellow Republicans weren't thinking about when they pushed legislation last year to enforce Missouri's "constitutional sovereignty and the sovereignty of its citizens under the Tenth Amendment."
Nolte's co-sponsors for this year's minimum wage bill include Dwight Scharnhorst (R-St. Louis), Rodney Schad (R-Versailles) and Sue Allen (R-Town and Country)... all of whom co-sponsored last year's tenther resolution.
Buckle in...because this is what we will be living with until May 13th at 6 P.M.