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Missouri raises minimum wage

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Some of Missouri's lowest paid workers will be getting more money in their next paychecks.

Missouri's minimum wage has been bumped up a dime, now sitting at $7.35 per hour.

According to the Economy Policy Institute, that means worker's pay will go up an average of $190 per year, bringing in over $8 million in consumer spending.

Vicky Anderson, an employee at Hannibal's Mark Twain Dinette for more than 40 years, says when she heard the news of a 10 cent pay increase to her paycheck, she wasn't necessarily excited to hear it.

"It's not that great," said Anderson.

The reason, she says is because it could put a burden on local businesses.

"It doesn't seem like it's that much but, overall it is. They have to raise prices."

John Bogue, owner of Mark Twain Dinette, says he's not too concerned with the 10 cent jump.

"I just did a quick mental calculation and it'll probably cost us maybe 3,000 dollars next year, which is not to say that that's not important but, in the grand scheme of things, that's not huge."

Some employees say, anything is better than nothing.

However, Anderson says, with this boost in pay, don't be surprised if that means you dishing out more at the checkout.

"Don't fuss because your fussing you want the raise in the salary but don't fuss when you come in to buy the food the next time."

Missouri's minimum wage is still one of the lowest in the nation.

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