The minimum wage in Missouri increased 10 cents to $7.35 cents to start the New Year.
That may go up in the near future.
In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he wants to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour.
“Today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we've put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That's wrong,” Obama said.
Councilwoman Laura Nauser is very familiar with the Columbia City Council and the fifth ward seat she just won in a special election Tuesday.
Nauser previously served on the City Council for six years ending in 2011 until she narrowly won a bid for the fifth ward seat Tuesday night. She says she ran in this special election because there were council votes she disagreed with while she was out of office. Nauser emphasized her desire to establish a more uniform approach to government decision making.
Volunteering programs set up in both Boone and Callaway Counties have seen an increase in families asking for assistance this holiday season. And many other families and organizations have stepped in to provide the assistance.
Senator Claire McCaskill is finishing up her statewide “Get Out the Vote” campaign today by making various stops throughout Missouri. One of them was in Columbia this morning, at the Coordinated Campaign Building.