Backers of minimum wage, payday loan initiatives haven’t given up

Katherine Connor of Jefferson City Congregations Uniting explains why supporters of efforts to raise Missouri’s minimum wage and to cap the interest rate “payday” lenders can charge are moving forward, even though their proposed law changes won’t be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

Katherine Connor of Jefferson City Congregations Uniting explains why supporters of efforts to raise Missouri’s minimum wage and to cap the interest rate “payday” lenders can charge are moving forward, even though their proposed law changes won’t be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

Rallies were staged in Jefferson City, St. Louis and Kansas City on Wednesday to show the battle isn’t over against excessive “payday” loan rates and a too-low state minimum wage.

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Barely 24 hours after Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem accepted motions dismissing lawsuits challenging the number of signatures gathered on two initiative petitions, about two dozen supporters of the now-canceled proposals rallied on the Missouri Capitol’s south steps.

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