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Medicaid Expansion on Aug 4th Ballot

Breaking News: Missourians will vote on Medicaid Expansion on August 4th!

After nearly a decade of legislative inaction the grassroots coalition anchored by Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action activists is just one step away from achieving Medicaid Expansion in Missouri. We gathered 40,000 signatures from union halls, church basements, festivals and fairs and now we will have the opportunity to vote Medicaid Expansion into law on August 4th.

This is going to be a quick campaign, but over the next 7 weeks we will have to reach out and talk to our friends, family and neighbors to ensure that the 230,000 hardworking Missourians locked in the coverage gap finally get the healthcare coverage that they need.

Sign on now to fight for Medicaid Expansion in Missouri!

One Step Closer to Medicaid Expansion

On Friday, May 1st after countless months of talking to voters and gathering signatures across the state, we turned in nearly 350,000 signatures to expand Medicaid! This is an important step in expanding care for more than 230,000 Missourians!

Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action volunteers were the rock of these campaigns, collecting more than 40,000 signatures from all across the state.

Let us know that you personally support expanding Medicaid by endorsing here.

Thank you to everyone who collected signatures, signed petitions, engaged their friends and neighbors and chipped in to make this happen! Without people like you this would not have been possible.

Especially during these turbulent times, please take a moment to celebrate this monumental accomplishment! Because of dedicated supporters like you who started this important work early, the Healthcare for Missouri campaign was able to turn-in more than twice the number of signatures needed to put this life-saving initiative on our November ballot.

We are ready to keep going to make sure our state puts people over politics and profits by expanding Medicaid to more than 230,000 of our neighbors.


NPR’s Morning Edition profiles Kecia, Springfield Grocery Store Cashier, & the Impacts of Increased Minimum Wage

Nearly 7 million workers, like Kecia Jolley, are seeing a boost in their paychecks this month due to increases in the minimum wage.

Kecia works the closing shift at a Springfield grocery store and her hourly wage is going from $8.60 to $9.45 because of the power of Missouri voters.

This is a great start toward a living wage, but she cannot always get “luxury” items like mascara or new socks.

Nearly 1.5 million Missouri voters agreed that our hard-working neighbors deserve a raise – that’s over 62% voting Yes on Proposition B in 2018. Unfortunately, some politicians and corporate lobbyists tried to gut the well-deserved and hard-fought win last year – and will likely do so again this year.

We need YOUR help. As our legislators kick off the 2020 session, remind them that ALL workers – regardless of our race or zip code – deserve a living wage.

Help us reach more workers.

“We still need to keep pushing forward because hopefully people like me will be able to actually make it every month” – Kecia Jolley, Springfield

Join us in telling our legislators to RESPECT our vote and PROTECT our rising minimum wage.
If you agree Missouri workers deserve a living wage, sign on to our petition here >>> 
Hear more from Kecia (as featured on NPR’s Morning Edition) here.
Has the minimum wage increases affected you? Do you want to help protect these wage increases? Share your story! >>> 

2020 to bring much-deserved raise to Missouri’s minimum-wage workers

Missouri Voters Overwhelmingly Approved 2018’s Proposition B to increase Missouri’s Minimum Wage — Missouri workers will see minimum wage increase 85¢ to $9.45 beginning January 1, 2020

Hard-working Missourians will see another wage increase to ring in the new year. In 2018, voters from every corner of our state resoundingly voted Yes on Proposition B to gradually increase Missouri’s minimum wage from $7.85 an hour to $12 an hour by 2023. With 62.34% of the vote and carrying 82 of Missouri’s 114 counties, 31 of 34 State Senate districts, and 145 of 163 State House districts, Proposition B and raising Missouri’s minimum wage was a clear signal and mandate from voters across our state. This 85 cents an hour raise has already resulted in an additional $1,000 a year for Missouri’s full-time, minimum wage workers’ pockets and into their local economies.

“Missouri voters get it,” said Richard von Glahn, Missouri Jobs with Justice Policy Director, “Businesses cannot thrive when their workers —  or customers — are living in poverty.”

Proposition B was endorsed by a diverse and bipartisan coalition of workers, faith leaders, elected officials, and business owners, who continue to defend this voter-passed mandate.

“The minimum wage going up to $9.45 an hour is a big deal for me, my family, and my co-workers. I work hard to take care of my family — 16-hour shifts so I can pay for daycare for my two-year-old daughter, Londyn, along with rent, electric, gas, groceries, and everything else life throws at you. This raise is a step in the right direction to give us some breathing room.” 

Mysean Coleman, a Hall Monitor at Heritage Care Center in St. Louis, who will receive a raise on January 1, 2020

“The reality is, the more money people have, the more money they spend,” said Mary Faucett, owner of Springfield-based Bambino’s restaurant. “More people spending money on life’s necessities like food, diapers, and repairs, this helps businesses across the board. We are already seeing that when wages are raised at the bottom, money goes right back into businesses like ours and our larger community.”

Increasing Missouri’s minimum wage was estimated to impact  677,000 Missourians — or 1 in 4 workers — and may are looking forward to the increase, including Mysean Coleman who works as a Hall Monitor at Heritage Care Center in St. Louis.

Missouri minimum wage workers lobbying in Jefferson City to save their democratically won raise
Missouri Minimum Wage Workers lobbying in Jefferson City to defend their democratically earned raises

“The minimum wage going up to $9.45 an hour is a big deal for me, my family, and my co-workers. I work hard to take care of my family — 16-hour shifts so I can pay for daycare for my two-year-old daughter, Londyn, along with rent, electric, gas, groceries, and everything else life throws at you. This raise is a step in the right direction to give us some breathing room.” 

Multiple deceptive bills were introduced in Missouri’s 2019 Legislative Session to undercut the will of the voters and Missouri workers and at least one of those bills has been re-introduced for the 2020 legislative session.

“We fought hard for this raise and we are not going to let some out-of-touch politicians overturn the will of Missouri voters,” said Khaymen Hoelscher of Columbia, one of the many workers who lobbied to preserve the increase over the past year.  “It’s not just the disrespect to voters like me,” said Cheyenne Mauzy of Springfield, “ it is also that there are politicians who want to make sure some of us workers are forced to only scrape by and never get ahead.”