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These 16 politicians voted to lower Missouri’s minimum wage. And now they want you to rehire them.

It takes a special kind of politician (an extreme, audacious one) to attempt to lower the minimum wage after her or his constituents overwhelmingly voted for an increase. But that’s exactly what these 16 politicians did in 2011.

In 2006, Proposition B increased our state minimum wage and tied future increases in the wage floor to higher costs of living. Prop B passed with a whopping 76% of the vote because working voters across the state -- conservatives, progressives and independents -- believe deeply that Missourians who work hard and play by the rules shouldn’t be living in poverty.  

But not these Jefferson City politicians. On March 3, 2011, ninety two House GOPers bowed to pressure from radical special interest groups and voted against their own constituents’ undeniable wish to raise the minimum wage. And many of them are now asking those same constituents to re-elect or promote them this November:

  • Kurt Bahr
  • Gary Cross
  • Steve Cookson
  • John Diehl
  • Lyndall Fraker
  • Don Gosen
  • Dave Hinson
  • Lincoln Hough
  • Shelley Keeney
  • Andrew Koenig
  • Bart Korman
  • Jeanie Lauer
  • Mark Parkinson
  • Rick Stream
  • Noel Torpey
  • Paul Weiland

Thankfully, the effort to lower our minimum wage died in the Senate.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop with those 16. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce has posted a long list of state house and senate candidates this year who support poverty wages and oppose any increase in the minimum wage for Missourians:

  • Al Faulstich
  • Allen Andrews
  • Anne Zerr
  • Becky Ruth
  • Bill Lant
  • Bob Onder
  • Charles (Chuck) Basye
  • Charlie Davis
  • Chrissy Sommer
  • Cloria Brown
  • Dan Brown
  • Dan Hegeman
  • Dan Shaul
  • David Wood
  • Dean Hodge
  • Denny Hoskins
  • Don Gosen
  • Don Rone
  • Donna Lichtenegger
  • Donna Pfautsch
  • Dwayne A Strickland
  • Eric W. Burlison
  • Gina Jaksetic
  • Glen Kolkmeyer
  • Holly Rehder
  • Jack Bondon
  • Jason Chipman
  • Jay Houghton
  • Jeff Justus
  • Jeff Messenger
  • Jim Cain
  • Jim Higgins
  • Joe Corica
  • Joe Don McGaugh
  • John D. Wiemann
  • John McCaherty
  • John R. Ashcroft
  • Justin Alferman
  • Justin S. Hill
  • Kathy Swan
  • Kenneth Wilson
  • Kevin Austin
  • Kevin Corlew
  • Kirk Matthews
  • Lindell Shumake
  • Lyndall Fraker
  • Lynn Morris
  • Marsha Haefner
  • Michael Eberle
  • Michael P. McGirl
  • Michael Peters
  • Mike Bernskoetter
  • Mike Cierpiot
  • Mike Kehoe
  • Mike Lair
  • Mike Leara
  • Mike Moon
  • Nate Walker
  • Nola Wood
  • Paul Wieland
  • Randy Pietzman
  • Randy Pike
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Rekha (Becky) Sharma
  • Rob Schaaf
  • Rob Vescovo
  • Robert (Bob) Rowland
  • Robert Cornejo
  • Robert Vroman
  • Rocky Miller
  • Ron Hicks
  • Ron Richard
  • Shamed Dogan
  • Shelley (White) Keeney
  • Steve Lynch
  • Sue Allen
  • Tim Remole
  • Tom Hurst
  • Travis Fitzwater
  • Wanda Brown
  • Warren D. Love
  • Will Kraus
  • William (Bill) White