Republican Lawmakers Take A Raise Away From St. Louis Workers
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« on: July 10, 2017, 01:56:12 am »

Two months ago, Cynthia Sanders got a raise at her janitorial job, from $8.30 to $10 per hour, after St. Louis passed a law raising its minimum wage. The extra money has helped the 51-year-old cover groceries and utilities as she raises three grandchildren.

But in just a few weeks, Sanders’ pay rate could drop back down again, thanks to a new law Republicans in the Missouri legislature passed invalidating St. Louis’ minimum wage.

“It was life-changing to get this, and it’s going to be life-changing to have it taken away,” said Sanders, who cleans four kitchenettes and eight bathrooms per shift at a Wells Fargo building downtown. “You’ve got children looking at you to be a provider. How do I tell them we’ve got to eat noodles again this week?”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republican-lawmakers-take-a-raise-away-from-st-louis-workers_us_595f898ee4b0615b9e90dd19
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2017, 02:20:51 am »

This is very costly for taxpayers.  These low income workers are eligible for Medicaid, SNAP, Section 8 and lots of other public assistance programs.  Lowering their pay just keeps people on these programs.
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