Missouri Legislature overturns veto of minimum wage/plastic bag bill
One of the vetoes the state legislature voted to override Wednesday makes law a bill that tells cities they can’t set a greater minimum wage than the state or tell their stores they have to stop using plastic grocery bags.
The state Senate voted 23-9 to complete the overturn of Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto, started earlier in the date by the state House with a 114-46 vote.
Democrats and groups such as the Missouri Municipal League said the bill is an attack on local control. Republicans said the minimum wage should be set by the state, and not be set at varying levels throughout it.
Republicans like Representative Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) argue higher minimum wages don’t help workers.
“I hear this rhetoric on TV, ‘Oh, it’s going to make everybody more money.’ It is not! It’s going to raise the cost of all goods, it’s going to cause marginally profitable businesses to go out of business,” Engler said during debate in the House.
Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) thinks that’s a false argument.
“Show me in any other state where they have increased the wages and the businesses fled. I mean where? Where is that?” asked Nasheed.