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Oregon County voters say yes to minimum wage hike

Thursday, November 16, 2006

MISSOURI -- Oregon County went the way of all counties in the state last week when they voted to raise the minimum wage in the state.

The issue was passed in Oregon County 2,674 votes to 982.

Proposition B will increase Missouri's minimum wage from the current $5.15 an hour to $6.50 an hour starting Jan. 1, with an automatic increase every year to keep up with inflation.

The issue passed with a 76 percent of the vote across the state. The minimum wage issue, according to a state exit poll of 2,381 voters, was passed by voters of all age groups and income levels.

Some supporters of Proposition B said they hoped a higher minimum wage would attract more applicants to Missouri businesses.

The tobacco measure, Amendment 3, failed across the state and in Oregon County. County voters voted no 2,128 votes to 1,571 yes votes.

The failed tobacco measure would have raised the state cigarette tax from the current 17 cents to 97 cents a pack while increasing taxes on other tobacco products by 30 percent.

The measure was projected to generate at least $351 million annually and would have gone toward health care and anti-tobacco programs.

Opposition came mostly from rural counties like Oregon County. St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia voters supported the issue.

Missouri's tobacco tax in the second lowest in the country, behind only South Carolina. Since 2002, 42 states have passed or implemented higher cigarette taxes.

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