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Missouri groups drop bid to put wage hike on ballot

Missouri wage-hike activists this week ended their legal fight to get an $8.25 wage mandate on the ballot this November.

Missouri's Secretary of State ruled in August that wage-hike proponents hadn't submitted enough valid signatures to put the wage increase on November's ballot. The proponents of the wage hike initially said they intended to fight the Secretary of State's decision, but this week said they were dropping their fight.

The Missouri Restaurant Association and a broad Save Our State's Jobs Coalition had been active in the legal battles as well, arguing that the proposed $8.25 wage mandate -- which would have automatically tied future increases to inflation, and mandated a large jump in the minimum cash wage for tipped employees -- would have resulted in widespread job losses in Missouri businesses unable to absorb higher labor costs.

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