The Missouri Legislature has officially adjourned for the 2023 session. I am relieved that we successfully protected direct democracy and the will of the people! The initiative petition process has survived another legislative session. The power remains in the hands of the people!
While we can take a small breath of relief, this session had many difficult moments and caused unnecessary pain. Too many of our elected leaders ignored Missourians’ real priorities and used their power to attack children, democracy, and even public libraries.
Despite efforts by certain politicians to slash unemployment benefits, restrict the initiative petition process, and limit the right to collectively bargain, we stood together with Missouri workers and prevailed.
Our strong movement protected our state budget from damaging amendments. We saw other wins, including strengthening child care and pre-k services, raises for home care workers, and expanded Medicaid postpartum coverage from 60 days to 12 months. We applaud these investments in Missouri’s working families and vital public services.
Missourians for Healthy Families and Fair Wages has launched a ballot initiative to gradually raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026 and allow employees to earn paid time off to care for themselves and loved ones.
No Missourian should have to choose between their paycheck and their family’s health. Tens of thousands of Missourians who work full-time do not get any paid sick days, especially workers who most need them. But the corporate executives making 400 times more than those workers do! Missouri’s economy should reward hard work, not punish people with jobs for getting sick.