Missouri Niews Horizon
--U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said she agrees with President Barack Obama’s call in his state of the union address to raise the national minimum wage.
Speaking with reporters, McCaskill, D-Mo., said if tying the minimum wage to the cost of living adjustment is good policy for Missouri, she thinks it would be good policy for the federal government, too.
“The sky is not falling, the economy is growing, state revenue is up, and our minimum wage is higher than the federal wage,” McCaskill said. “I don’t buy the notion that a higher minimum wage is going to cause economic Armageddon.”
Missouri’s minimum wage is currently $7.35 an hour, ten cents more than the federal minimum wage. The wage rose on January 1 due to a state law that ties the wage to cost of living.
Speaking on Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress, Obama called for the wage to be raised to $9 an hour — the highest point since 1981, the White House said.
McCaskill was noncommittal on a number for the minimum wage, but said it was a discussion she believes could pull bipartisan support.
Speaking to the rest of Obama’s speech, McCaskill said she wished there had been more discussion about solutions to the nation’s growing debt.