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Seg 1: Missouri Voters To Decide On Minimum Wage. Seg 2: Will Politically-Active Teens Turn Out?

Ken Zirkel
The Missouri minimum wage is 60 cents higher than the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. If approved by voters, Proposition B would raise the state's minimum to $12 per hour by 2023.

Segment 1: Missourians have the choice this November to gradually raise the minimum wage from $7.85 to $12 an hour by 2023.

Can Kansas Citians live comfortably on Missouri's current minimum wage? What would happen to our economy if it were higher? Can small businesses afford to pay more without laying off workers? Today, we discussed the pros and cons for Propositon B, a statewide minimum wage ballot measure.

Segment 2, beginning at 21:40: Teens might be registering, but will they vote in November?

The percentage of teen voters who cast a ballot in presidental elections has been increasing over the last few decades, enough that many are now calling for a new voting age of 16. But passion for politics in young adults doesn't always apply to local and midterm elections. Today, we got one politically-motivated teen's perspectives on the issues young voters most care about and how they might sway the elections. 

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.