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from Representative Deb Lavender’s Bi-Monthly Newsletter
June 25, 2015    Year 1 Newsletter 11
Bills Signed by Governor Nixon
House Bill 514:  provides tax breaks for a redevelopment project in Fenton. The bill allows for designated tax increment financing for the former Chrysler plant in Fenton that closed in 2007. The site will be developed as a business park with an emphasis on light manufacturing. The redevelopment is expected to help create up to 1,500 jobs within the first two years while adding as many as 2,000 additional jobs over time.  Even though this bill diverts up to $12 million a year from general revenue, the jobs created more than make up for the tax incentive offered to developers.

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St. Louis’ minimum wage hike potentially dead after aldermanic surprise

The city’s drive to raise the minimum wage within its limits may have been dealt a death blow Friday.

Sidebar: Some board members were racing to pass the bill before Aug. 28, when a state law could kick in forbidding the city from taking such an action.

Follow the efforts (and opposition) to Raise Minimum Wage in StL and KC
from Progress Missouri http://progressmissouri.org/
A range of news articles following this effort:
RAISING THE WAGE IN STL AND KC. Legislation on the table in St. Louis would set a $10 minimum wage immediately upon being signed by the mayor, and then increase in increments until reaching $15 an hour by 2020.
•    AP: Hearings on Proposed St. Louis Minimum Wage Hike Get Underway
•    Star: Action revs up for and against the Kansas City minimum wage
•    KWMU: Stenger says St. Louis County won’t go along with city push to raise minimum wage
•    STL American: Stenger says St. Louis County won’t go along with city push to raise minimum wage
•    The Missouri Times: No regional solution as Slay, Stenger wrangle minimum wage questions

Even if this $10 minimum would take effect upon Mayor Slay’s signature, workers would still be earning below minimum wage according to the Congressional Research Office. The peak value of the federal minimum wage in real terms was in 1968. To equal the purchasing power of the 1968 minimum wage, the 2014 minimum wage should have been $10.69 instead of $7.25. As it is, the minimum wage’s buying power doesn’t keep up with increases in consumer prices.
Read more here:

http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article4551319.html#storylink=cpy

by Otto Fajen   MNEA Legislative Director
Number 14   April 16, 2015
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Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert at The Nation ask the question “Does the Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?”    Well the employment numbers are in from states that recently raised their minimum wage, look what they found.

Get ready for Fox to load the whitewasher and set it to the creative spin cycle.

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Golf Digest has this interesting story on the tipping habits of Golfer Phil Mickelson.  Considering how many people in the hospitality industry are not protected by a minimum wage law his appreciation is well, appreciated.

Phil Mickelson’s ball started left and kept fading. Left of Winged Foot’s 72nd-hole fairway; left of the rough, the crowd, the trees lining the fairway, and into a hospitality tent stationed on the neighboring hole. After four more shots, Phil held his head in his hands before making a meaningless putt.

“I just can’t believe I did that,” he said afterward. “I am such an idiot.”

The worst collapse of Mickelson’s career was complete. He had lost the 2006 U.S. Open by one shot with a double bogey on the final hole.

But that’s not where the story ends. After making the obligatory media stops and signing autographs, Phil sought out Winged Foot’s staff members. He thanked them for their work, shook their hands, and discreetly handed each a wad of cash: $1,000 here, $1,500 there. Phil had spent a lot of time preparing at Winged Foot before that year’s Open, so he wanted to thank everyone.

It’s reasonable to estimate that Mickelson handed about $10,000 in tips to staff throughout the week, according to people who were there. But as he was driving away, Phil felt compelled to turn the car around. In the craziness after his collapse, he realized he had forgotten to tip a handful of the locker-room guys, and he didn’t want to leave without taking care of everyone.

“Phil is one of the most generous men I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing,” says Doug Steffen, the director of golf at Baltusrol Golf Club, where the year before Winged Foot, Mickelson had claimed his second major championship. “The way he takes the time to meet all the staff and thank them for their work, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Everyone has a Mickelson tipping story. ESPN’s Rick Reilly says his favorite happened in the Augusta National parking lot the Sunday night of Phil’s first Masters victory, in 2004. “There were three emotional club employees giving him long bear hugs,” Reilly wrote. “Turns out they were the lower-locker-room guys who were losing Mickelson and his fat $1,000 tips to the Champions Locker Room guys upstairs. They were nearly weeping.”

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This is presented in the context of “you have to laugh to avoid crying.”  Andy Borowitz shares the reality of Senate Republicans voting down a proposed increase in the minimum wage

A broad-based coalition of millionaires converged on Washington today to defeat a bill that would have increased the minimum wage for American workers to $10.10 an hour.

Leaving behind their mansions and yachts, the millionaires were motivated by what they saw as an existential threat to the country, Mitch McConnell, a spokesman for the millionaires, said.

“This was an extremely diverse coalition,” McConnell said, noting that everyone from the rich to the very rich to the super-rich united to vote down the bill.

McConnell hoped that today’s vote would burnish the millionaires’ reputation as “people who get things done.”

“Folks who have tried to pin a ‘do nothing’ label on us are dead wrong,” he said. “When it comes to stopping workers from being paid more, we spring into action.”

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