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.
Missouri first-graders could see an addition to their curriculum under a bill given first-round approval in the Missouri Senate.
The measure endorsed Tuesday would give school districts the option to teach a National Rifle Association-sponsored gun safety program to students in first grade. It would also allow schools to implement a training program for teachers and other personnel on responding to intruders.
This week: why Boone County leaders are asking for a 3/8 cent sales tax in April. Plus, economists and business owners in Mid-Missouri react to President Barack Obama’s goal of increasing the national minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour.
Missouri legislators are cutting their work week short because of concerns about a winter storm.
The House and Senate usually meet from Monday until mid-day Thursday each week. But the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from late Wednesday through Thursday for most of Missouri. The forecast calls for a mixture of ice and snow, depending on the location.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler addressed the Columbia Rotary club today to discuss her ideas about how to address the national debt.
Hartzler believes spending plans need a vast renovation if Congress wants to improve the economy. In 10 days, congress could approve the sequester, which will cut funding for schools, medical research, and military defense in order to lower the deficit. Hartzler believes there are other ways around these cuts that would have a more positive impact on the economy.
“Everyone is a walking 9-1-1 call,” says Joe Piper, Acting Operations Manager of the Boone County 911 Dispatch Center, also known as Joint Communications. Leaders at Joint Communications, located in downtown Columbia, say they are having trouble keeping up with the increase in calls. “It’s a good thing, in some ways, but it’s a bad thing in other ways because an incident can overwhelm us very quickly with one call taker,” Piper says. And at the same time, they don’t want people to feel discouraged from calling 911.