Eric Greitens, Missouri's Republican governor, isn’t listening to the narrative that minimum wage hikes help workers. Instead, he’s listening to the data from a University of Washington study that showed the deleterious effects a minimum wage hike in Seattle. The study found out that minimum wage workers lost an average $125 a month—totaling some $1,500 a year.
To stop the same thing from happening in Missouri, he’s “going to allow a bill to go into effect that will block cities and counties from setting their own minimum wage, thus rolling back St. Louis' minimum wage hike from $10 to the state minimum, $7.70,” reports The Daily Wire. Of course, the Democrats in the state are outraged, but Greitens isn’t giving in.
"Liberals say these laws help people," said Greitens in a statement. "They don't. They hurt them."
Instead of a higher minimum wage, Greitens wants more private sector paychecks, and he wants those paychecks to be larger. Part of insuring this is making sure the St. Louis hike—which planned to raise the $10 minimum wage to $11— doesn’t go into effect.
"Politicians in St. Louis passed a bill that fails on both counts: it will kill jobs, and despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people's pockets."
Greitens adds, "This increase in the minimum wage might read pretty on paper, but it doesn't work in practice. Government imposes an arbitrary wage, and small businesses either have to cut people’s hours or let them go.
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