SUPPORTING PARENTS AND FAMILIES
Hardworking Missourians often face impossible choices. Parents decide between sending their children to school sick or losing a day’s pay because they don’t get paid sick days. Families choose between paying for groceries, housing, or utilities because the minimum wage has not kept up with rising costs.
Missouri’s economy should reward hard work and not punish people for getting sick.
This initiative will help tens of thousands of Missouri parents and their children by providing needed time off from work and gradually increasing the minimum wage over 3 years. This initiative will mean hard-working Missourians can take care of their families.
COMMONSENSE POLICIES FOR WORKING FAMILIES
Allows workers to earn paid sick time off.
This measure allows workers to earn paid sick time off, at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, or around 7 days a year for a full time worker at a larger company and 5 days a year at a smaller company. Working parents deserve to take time off to take care of themselves and their children just as much as wealthy executives that already get sick leave and other benefits.
Raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour
A full time minimum wage worker currently makes less than $25,000 a year. This measure would help over 137,000 parents as well as 338,000 kids who live with a parent who earns minimum wage by gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2026. This is an adjustment that small businesses can get behind that allows parents to get their feet underneath them, pay the bills, and work toward better opportunities.
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