To the chagrin of labor activists everywhere, St. Louis has lowered its minimum wage from $10 to $7.70 to catch up with the rest of Missouri.
The city raised the minimum wage to $10 in 2015, but Republican politicians in the state wouldn’t let that last long. Gov. Eric Greitens said at the time that the increase would “kill jobs, and despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people’s pockets.”
“This increase in the minimum wage might read pretty on paper, but it doesn’t work in practice,” Greitens said. “Government imposes an arbitrary wage, and small businesses either have to cut people’s hours or let them go.”
Democratic St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson called the decrease “a setback for working families.”
In Seattle, where the minimum wage was increased to $15, low wage workers have seen their hours decrease by 9% and earned on average $125 less.
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