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Public News Service - MO: Livable Wages/Working Families

A new internet data tool shows that DACA-eligible immigrants alone paid almost $1.8 billion in state and local taxes in 2017. (Alene Yukusheva/Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Just in time for Tax Day, a new internet tool shows the tax contributions of immigrants around the country. It shows that in Missouri, immigrants paid $2.3 billion in taxes in 2017. The data disproves the myth touted by President Donald Trump and others, that immigrants

Lower-income veterans can face unique barriers that can affect their earning potential and ability to find employment. (143d ESC/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Poverty-fighting groups in Missouri are asking federal leaders to protect those who protect our country. Congress is working on the Farm Bill, which includes funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). And Jeanette Oxford, executive director of t

Some workers could see an extra $2,400 in pay each year by 2023 if the minimum wage increases to $12 an hour. (pasja1000/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters will decide on a ballot measure tomorrow that would gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour. New research estimates the effects if Proposition B is approved. According to the Missouri Budget Project, about 1-in-4 workers in the state - or

The minimum wage would rise to $12 by 2023 if Proposition B passes. (Cohdra/Morguefile)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In five days, voters in Missouri will have the chance to give many workers a raise by voting on Proposition B. The ballot measure would take the minimum wage of $7.85 an hour up to $8.60 next year and then to $12 an hour by 2023. Tony Wyche, communications director for R

Missouri has a much higher rate of families without health insurance than states that expanded Medicaid. (Pranidchakan Boonrom/Pexels)

ST. LOUIS – A snapshot of poverty in Missouri shows progress, but also a huge number of families struggling to survive. The Missouri Poverty Snapshot from Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs shows the portion of low-income folks fell by more than half a percentage point since 2

H-2A workers must be paid twice a month and receive a job description in writing, but FLOC says the U.S. Department of Labor isn't always enforcing the requirements. (Bread for the World/flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri's agriculture products bring in more than $88 billion a year, based on the latest data from the Missouri Farm Bureau, and much of the labor is supplied by migrant workers on H-2A visas. The visas allow foreign nationals to enter the U.S. for temporary work, and

Fast food workers are among those asking for an increase in wages. (Ikhlasul Amal/flickr)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Local and state leaders will join citizens groups and unions today to establish ways to build on the momentum gained after the defeat of Proposition A. A town hall meeting at Oppenstein Brothers Park in Kansas City will discuss how to increase wages to at least $15 an hour

Environmentalists are opposing a right-to-work proposition in Missouri, saying union members are on the front lines of environmental protections. (Missouri Chapter, Sierra Club)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Voters will decide in less than a week whether Missouri will become a right-to-work state, potentially weakening unions. It isn't just union members and labor groups opposing Proposition A: Environmentalists are standing against the right-to-work proposition as well. De

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