Published in the St. Louis American, July 9, 2015
Ah, moonwalking. Michael Jackson’s famous dance step is mesmerizing to watch – especially when the King of Pop does it. It’s the perception that you’re moving forward, when you’re actually going backwards. Missouri’s minimum wage is like this, except it’s not entertaining one bit.
The state’s minimum wage is set to increase by a paltry 15 cents on January 1. It will go from $7.50 to $7.65. That’s an annual salary of $15,912.00 before taxes. This is no increase; it’s just keeping low-wage workers from going backwards quicker. Moonwalking!