Governor Opposes House Plan to Change Minimum Wage Law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Governor Blunt opposes a House proposal to undo part of a voter-approved minimum wage measure that provides for an inflation adjustment each year.

Blunt says he agreed with fixing what even supporters say is a problem in the minimum wage law. The law is causing problems for fire departments and police budgets because of how overtime is defined.

But the Republican governor wants to leave the rest of the measure untouched.

Some House leaders also want to get rid of an annual inflation adjustment in the minimum wage, and to scale back required base pay for tipped employees like waiters.

Blunt says going that far would be a mistake. He notes that three-fourths of Missouri voters supported the ballot measure.

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