Republicans Kill Minimum Wage Increase


Missouri lawmakers passed a minimum wage increase, but then the Chamber of Commerce came in to kill it. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Jayar Jackson, and Jimmy Dore, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“But on Friday, prospects of her ever getting the raise she so desperately needs dimmed further. Republicans in the state senate pushed through a billin the last few hours of the session that blocks the St. Louis minimum wage increase. If Gov. Eric Greitens (R) signs it, the city’s minimum wage will revert it back to the state’s floor of $7.70 an hour in August. The governor couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

“They keep playing with it and taking it back,” Douglas said of the legislature’s vote. “Every day I’m working hard, and it’s so hard to pay my bills. Then they tell us that we don’t deserve a raise.”

Not everyone in the state legislature was on board with blocking the pay increase. Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D) was one of the lawmakers who staged a two-hour filibuster against the legislation when it was first considered on Wednesday. “It was the right thing to do,” she said. “I don’t know anyone in the St. Louis area who can live off of $7.70 an hour… It’s just inhumane.””*

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Hosts: Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Jayar Jackson, Jimmy Dore

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