ST. LOUIS — Missouri’s minimum wage is set to increase Wednesday as part of a voter-approved plan to gradually hike pay.
Missouri’s minimum wage rate will hit $9.45 an hour beginning Jan. 1, up from the current $8.60 an hour mandated by the state.
Voters in 2018 approved a plan to raise wages for some of the state’s lowest-paid workers. The plan requires wages to go up by 85 cents an hour every year until the minimum wage rate hits $12 an hour in 2023.
In Illinois, the minimum wage will remain $9.25 on Jan. 1, but jumps to $10 on July 1, then rises by $1 an hour increments on Jan. 1 in each of the next four years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2025. The Illinois increase was the result of the “Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act,” signed in February by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
New minimum wage requirements took effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities at the start of 2019, affecting millions of workers. The state wage hikes range from an extra nickel per hour in Alaska to a $1-an-hour bump in Maine, Massachusetts and for California employers with more than 25 workers.
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