October 26, 2006

Missouri Voters Being Asked To Raise States Minimum Wage

Proposition B on the November 7th ballot in Missouri will ask voters to consider raising the states minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.50.

The ballot language states that a yes vote will amend Missouri statutes to increase the state minimum wage rate to $6.50 per hour, or to the level of the federal minimum wage, whichever is higher. Every year thereafter, the state minimum wage rate will be adjusted based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

This is great news for the hard-working people of this state, said John Bowman, Treasurer of the Give Missourians a Raise Coalition. We dont have to wait for the politicians to address this issue anymore. Now, the people of Missouri can take matters into their own hands and vote yes on Proposition B to raise the minimum wage.

In May, the Coalition submitted signatures from over 210,000 Missouri voters more than twice the number required in order to place the initiative on the ballot.

However not everyone is in favor of the proposal.

S.O.S. Jobs (Save Our States Jobs) Coalition is opposing Proposition B. Its members, consisting of Associated Industries of Missouri, the Missouri Restaurant Association, the Missouri Retailers Association, NFIB Missouri, the Missouri Grocers Association and the Missouri Merchants and Manufacturers Association, believe any effort to adjust the minimum wage should be initiated at the federal level. The SOS coalition says through federal action, Missouri businesses would be on a level playing field with surrounding states, and not be at a disadvantage in competing for new business opportunities.

By dealing with this on a state basis instead of at the federal level, stated Pat Bergauer, Treasurer of the S.O.S. Jobs coalition, businesses in Missouri will be fighting to maintain jobs and employees against surrounding states with one hand tied behind their back. Raising the minimum wage will leave many employees without a job and no financial means to support their families.

Proponents of the proposition point to a report from the non-partisan Economic Policy Institute, that shows that approximately 256,000 Missourians will receive a raise if Proposition B passes, including 120,000 Missourians who currently make less than $6.50, as well as an additional 136,000 who make slightly more than that, but who will see a bump in their wages due to a spill-over effect.

Supporters also believe that a raise in the minimum wage will generate between $3.3 million and $4.3 million more each year in state revenue, and would pump over $21 million in new spending into the economy.

Opponents are attacking this report, stating that while The Economic Policy Institute managed to find 650 economists who supported raising the minimum wage, the Employment Policies Institute differs in opinion. It points to a survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire revealing that 77 percent (13,860) of labor economists with the American Economics Association believe minimum wage hikes have a negative effect on employment.

Minimum wage opponents could release a thousand studies predicting job loss if Missouri raises the minimum wage. It doesnt change the facts states that have raised the minimum wage have seen no job loss, even in the low-wage industries directly impacted by a raise in the minimum wage, said Sara Howard, Communications Director for the Give Missourians a Raise coalition.

No one can survive on $5.15 an hour, Howard continued. Raising the minimum wage is a long-overdue step that is going to help thousands of Missouri families who are struggling to get by.

Still, opponents of the bill fire back that job loss experienced by low-skilled adults, in particular, is substantial following a minimum wage hike. They site research from Cornell and the University of Connecticut that found a 10-percent increase in the minimum wage results in an 8.5-percent increase in unemployment among adults lacking a high school diploma. Research from economists at Duke, Boston University, and Michigan State University all confirm that low-skilled adults suffer considerable job loss following minimum wage hikes.

Proponents of minimum wage hikes contend that the attendant job loss is minimal and worth it, but theyre ignoring the fact that it is almost exclusively low-skilled adults who lose their job, said Mike Flynn, director of Legislative Affairs at the Employment Policies Institute. Minimum wage hikes end up hurting the very people they are intended to help by jeopardizing the jobs of those most in need of assistance.

Opponents also are questioning the ballot language, specifically how the minimum wage calculations in years following the proposed raise to $6.50

The SOS Coalition asks voters if they understand what the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is, and more importantly what the CPI-W, which is the index identified in Proposition B, is?

They explain that the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups, CPI-W and CPI-U:

The CPI-W (Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers) comprises approximately 32 percent of the total population. Not included in this population are technical workers, self-employed persons and all agricultural jobs. This is the annual increase being identified for Missouri to use in Proposition B.

The CPI-U (All Urban Consumers) covers approximately 87 percent of the total population and includes all lines of work and populations including agriculture, the self-employed, etc. The SOS Coalition states that, while its not being used in our states calculation, this percentage increase better reflects the national increase in the cost of living and runs considerably less than the CPI-W. The group also notes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a break down of the CPI-W, looking specifically at four regions of the nation, the northeast, south, west and midwest. With the Midwest being 25 percent lower for the past year than the other three.

Simply stated, Missouri will be forced to use the cost of living adjustments for large urban areas such as New York City and Los Angeles to calculate our minimum wage increases every year, said Gary Marble, president of Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), which is part of the Save Our States Jobs Coalition. Not included in those calculations are 68 percent of the population, including agriculture and the self-employed. That certainly isnt clearly stated on the ballot.

Marble questions whether Missouri should have a minimum wage for low skill, entry level, jobs of $8 per hour, which is what proponents are predicting the amount to be in only five years. He adds that it will continue to increase at a rate of over $.25 to $.30 per hour every year thereafter.

He and fellow SOS Coalition members say Proposition B will force Missouris minimum wage to increase annually as the cost of living increases which they feel means that year after year, Missouri companies will find it harder and harder to compete and Missouri will lose jobs.

They point out that Missouri consumers and employees likely will pay the additional costs of a higher minimum wage. Businesses will be forced to increase prices to consumers and employees could have to pay more for health insurance and other benefits to offset the additional costs.

For small businesses, raising prices is not always an option. stated Brad Jones, state director of NFIB Missouri. Having to compete with bigger companies often means operating on razor thin margins just to survive.

Four Lady Tigers Score in Double Digits as SCR-I Wins at Westran 59-36

Ashleigh Creek muscles through two Westran defenders for two points. The junior scored 11 on the night, giving SCR-I four players in double digits.

After enjoying another of the long bus rides that come with joining the Lewis & Clark Conference, Scotland County got off to a bit of a slow start Tuesday night in Huntsville. But the Lady Tigers recovered quickly and rallied for a 59-36 win over Westran.

SCR-I trailed early in the first period. Chelsea Wood tied the game with a pair of free throws before a Calesse Bair drive to the hoop put the Lady Tigers ahead 8-6. Scotland County would never trail after that point. Abi Feeney drilled a long jumper and then fed Wood with a nice pass for a transition bucket. Two free throws by Bair extended the lead to 14-7 with 2:26 left in the first period.

Wood finished off a big first period when Sadie Davis found her open near the basket and Maddie Brassfield then punctuated the big first period with her second three-pointer to give SCR-I a 19-9 lead.

But the Lady Tigers’ perimeter attack cooled off to start the second period. SCR-I turned to the post game. Ashleigh Creek scored in the paint before Feeney found Wood on a pick and roll for an easy score. Creek’s two free throws extended the margin to 25-14 with 2:30 left in the first half.  Brassfield sank another three-pointer just before the break to make the halftime score 30-18.

Creek continued her strong play in the paint, opening the third period with a pair of field goals, forcing Westran to call a time out and switch to a zone defense.

The maneuver backfired as Bair caught fire from behind the arc. The senior sank three three-pointers en route to an 11-point outburst that extended the Scotland County lead to 49-28.

SCR-I kept the pedal to the metal to start the final period. Bair and Wood scored in the transition game as the Lady Tigers’ defense, which was outstanding all night long, continued to generate fast break opportunities.

Brassfield capped off a solid night with a three-pointer as SCR-I road  a very balanced scoring output to the 59-36 victory.

Bair finished with 17 points to lead Scotland County to the win, improving the team’s record to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the L&C. Wood finished with 13 points and six rebounds while Brassfield had 12 points and Creek had 11. Feeney contributed six points while dishing out seven assists.

SCR-I shot 52% on the night while limiting the Lady Hornets (9-3, 1-1 L&C) to 32% shooting. Westran, which had beaten Knox County the night before in its conference debut, was led in scoring by Maddy Denslow with 10 points.

MU Extension Offers Upcoming Program on Livestock Risk Protection

Price risk protection for livestock owners will be the topic of discussion at a January 25th University of Missouri Extension program to be offered in Memphis.

University of Missouri Extension offers livestock producers an opportunity to learn about price risk protection to manage some of the market uncertainty, states Darla Campbell, University of Missouri Extension Agricultural Business Specialist.  Crop insurance is widely used, while Livestock Risk Protection, the livestock equivalent, is underutilized.  As profit margins narrow for livestock producers in this downward price cycle, all options should be considered to minimize the effects of market volatility, which often adversely affects your bottom line, says Campbell.  Besides livestock risk protection, we will also discuss pasture, rangeland, and forage insurance.  The presenter will be Ryan Milhollin, Economist, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, University of Missouri.  He has authored several documents used statewide on this topic.

Extension encourages livestock owners with herds of all sizes, 4-H and FFA members, and educators to attend. There is no cost for the event, but organizers request that you sign up by noon on the 24th to insure adequate supplies are available. A minimum of 15 participants is required to guarantee the class, so please call the Scotland County Extension office at 660.465.7255 and give Carol or Kristy your name and phone number.  The class will be held in Memphis at the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room from 6-8 on Wednesday, January 25th.

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Hosts January Meeting

by Sadie Davis

President Owen Triplett called the meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club to order on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Gorin Christian Church in Gorin. The pledges were led by Hugh Baker and Jillian Crane. Secretary Lauren Triplett called roll and read the minutes of the last meeting. Parker Triplett moved to approve the minutes, Hugh Baker seconded. Treasurer Jessica Huff reported that the Gorin Go-Getters bank account currently has $2,209.95. Council Representatives Kaitlyn Talbert and Shelby Troutman reported that the next 4-H Council Meeting would be at 7 p.m. on January 18th at the Courthouse.

The Recreation Committee thanked the Campbell family for hosting the Christmas Party. The Community Service Committee reported that the club would be working the movies in February. It was announced that Janie Parton would be starting a quilting class for a quilting project group on Tuesdays in February from 6-8 p.m. It costs $30 to participate. There will be a Livestock Risk Program on January 25th from 6-8 p.m. in the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room. The program counts as a beef project meeting and could possibly count as a sheep or swine project meeting. Members that plan to attend should RSVP to the Extension Office.

The club discussed whether to go skating together or not and if a meeting should be held on the same day. It was decided that the club would have a meeting on February 12 at the skating rink at 3 p.m. and skating would follow from 4-6 p.m. The club plans to go sledding together sometime on the weekend of January 13th-15th at the New Lake Dam. It will be announced if the weather conditions are conducive. The club will have a baked potato bar fundraiser at the hospital on January 20th. The Community Service Committee and Craft Leader plans for the club to make door tags for the Scotland County Care Center sometime after school. The date will be announced later.

It was announced that volunteers for project leaders are needed. Teen Conference Registration is open until January 15. Members must be 11-13 years old to attend. Teen Conference takes place on March 25-26. It costs $179 to attend. The Northeast Energizer is in Macon on February 18th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Members must be 11-18 years old to attend. To be a regional representative, members must be 14-17 years old and must turn in an application by January 13th.

The club was reminded that the next Council Meeting would be on January 18th at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse. The Livestock Risk Program is on January 25th from 6-8 p.m. at the Scotland County Hospital. The Beef Weigh-In is on January 29th from 2-3 p.m. in the Sale Barn. The Fair Superintendents’ Meeting is on February 8th at 7 p.m. in the Scotland County High School Ag Room. The next Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Meeting is on February 12th. Refreshments will be provided by Waltedda Blessing and Vanessa Triplett. Dane and Ethan Blessing will give demonstrations. The Achievement Event is March 12th.

After the meeting was adjourned, the club enjoyed refreshments and participated in a CPR program given by Dr. Jeff Davis.

Rutledge Renegades

Not much news again.  Seems weather is keeping everyone at home.

Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to Kirksville.

Dorothy Hunolt and Charlene went to Quincy.

Bette Wiley talked to Lena Mae Horning and Erma High.

Paul Zimmerman has shingles.  He was doing better and came and joined us for coffee.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Dorothy Hunolt, Thomas Kortkamp, Jacob Wallenburg, Marjorie Peterson.

No one came in Saturday.  Everyone was looking for the ice storm and didn’t want to get out!

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

“It will cost just a penny more to mail letters to any location in the United States,” said Postmaster Monica March.  “The increase, effective January 22, is the first price change for First-Class Mail stamps (Forever stamps) in more than two and a half years.”

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include 45 cents for 1 oz. letters (a 1-cent increase), letters with additional ounces remain unchanged at 20 cents, postcards will now cost 32 cents (a 3-cent increase), 1 oz. letters to Canada or Mexico are 85 cents (a 5-cent increase), and letters to other international destinations are now $1.05 (a 7-cent increase).

Prices also will change for other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services.  Today’s announcement does not affect Express Mail and Priority Mail prices.

While actual percentage price increases for various products and services varies, the overall average price increase across all mailing services is capped by law at 2.1 percent, the rate of inflation calculated based on the Consumer Price Index.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

TEN YEARS AGO

Not many things have not gone up in price in the past 20 years.  Tri-County Electric Cooperative will finally be succumbing to this economic trend.

General Manager David Ramsey told a gathering of customers at the Scotland County R-1 High School on January 9th that the northeast Missouri electric provider will be implementing a price hike in March.

“I realize this isn’t the news people want to hear,” he said.  “But I don’t look at it as paying the piper.  Instead I know that we enjoyed an unprecedented period of low rates.”

This price increase marks just the second price hike for the company since 1986.  The co-op board is scheduled to meet January 22 to determine the 2007 rate increase.  Ramsey stated customers would receive a new rate sheet as well as an explanation for the price hike in upcoming mailings.

20 YEARS AGO

The Scotland County Commission is hosting an open meeting January 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Courthouse in Memphis to discuss public concerns about a proposed route exchange between Scotland County and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The proposed exchange would trade County Road 253 (better known as Miller Bottom Road) south of Memphis between State Route MM and State Route M for State Route Y north of Rutledge.

30 YEARS AGO

Lynnette Jean Green, daughter of Stanley and Shirley Green, Memphis, was the first baby to be born at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in 1987.  Lynnette arrived at 5:21 a.m., January 16th.  She weighed in at 8 lbs, 5 ½ ounces and is 20 ½ inches long.

Lynnette has one brother, William, 9; and three sisters, Christina, 7; Lorie, 5; and Amber, 2.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Doscher, Memphis.

40 YEARS AGO

Maxine and Phil Struble, owners and operators of Montgomery Ward Catalog Agencies in Memphis and Edina with daughter, Sherry Casady Schaefer, managing the Edina store, recently received two awards: District Agent of the Year coving three states and 26 stores; and Kansas City Territory Agent of the Year out of seven states and 190 stores.

The award was presented by Mr. Bill Sims, Catalog General Manager at the 1977 Annual Spring Sales and Marketing meeting January 8th and 9th at Breckenridge Inn, Kansas City, MO.

The award is presented for most outstanding Sales and Operating Performance.

50 YEARS AGO

Troop 97, Boy Scouts of America, will have a 1967 organizational meeting Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the Scout Hall which is located beneath the D&S IGA store.

All boys attending the meeting will be charter members for this year.  The regular fee is 50 cents plus an additional $1.50 for a year’s subscription to Boy’s Life magazine.  The magazine subscription is not required but is suggested.

The main feature of the organizational meeting will be a movie concerning the Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico.  Philmont is a rugged, high adventure summer activity of boys across the country.

Parents are also invited to attend the meeting at which refreshments will be served.  Chairman of the Scout committee is Mike Evans and Scout Master is John W. Mallett.

60 YEARS AGO

Memphis High School is starting a school paper, to be sponsored by Supt. Richard Caster.  According to Supt. Caster, the paper will be published on Thursday.  Following is a list of the newspaper staff: Editor, Kay McClamrock; Assistant Editor, John McCoy; Business Manager, Linda Myers; Assistant Business Manager, Crystal Watson; Senior Class reporter, Carolyn Farris; Junior Class, Jerry Fryrear; Sophomore Class, Margaret Henderson; Freshman class, Karen Adams; Music, Pat Hudnall; Commerce, Justine Cone; English II, III, and Drama, Sally Leach; English I, Dickie Webber; English IV, Mary Lou McGee; Social Sciences, Mary Ann Prather; Boys’ Basketball, Richard Barb; Girls’ Basketball, Lugene Greene; FFA, Harry Robeson; Eight Grade, Linda Moore; Seventh Grade, Doris Kraus; Gossip and Jokes, Mary Jo Reed; Sciences, Emily Lowe.

70 YEARS AGO

Henry W. Kutzner of Memphis has recently been promoted to the grade of S. Sgt.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul N. Kutzner.

Sgt. Kutzner entered the service March 9, 1944, and reported to Boca Raton Army Air Field July 3, 1944.  He was previously stationed at Chanute Field, IL.  Prior to entering the service, Sgt. Kutzner was engaged in farming.  He attended Memphis High School.

Four Board Members to Be Elected to Extension Council in February

Four county residents have completed terms of office on the Scotland County University of Missouri Extension Council and will be succeeded by new members after a February 15 through February 17, 2017 election.

Outgoing members are Nancy McClamroch, Jefferson; Karen Kraus, Combined; Joanie Baker, Combined; and Laurie Jack, Jefferson.

Council members whose terms continue are: Nancy Kapfer, Lynette Vassholz, Paul Campbell, Heliene Tobler, Vanessa Triplett, Bruce Childress, Matt Shoemaker, Chris Montgomery, David Wiggins, and William Reckenberg.  County extension council members work throughout the year with University of Missouri Extension staff members in planning and making recommendations for educational programs.

University of Missouri Extension, through the University of Missouri System and Lincoln University, offers educational programs in agriculture, home economics, business and industry, community development, youth development (4-H), and various continuing education courses, seminars and workshops.

“Anyone, 18 years of age or older, interested in education and the progress of our county should vote for the nominee of their choice in their district,” said council Chairman Paul Campbell. “The resources of the universities are available to us. It is our responsibility to put these resources to effective use.”

Polling place is outside of the Scotland County Extension Office first floor of the Courthouse in Memphis, MO.

Iowa Teen Seriously Hurt in Scotland County Crash

An Iowa teenager was seriously injured when she was ejected from the vehicle she was a passenger in during a one-vehicle accident in Scotland County at 9:57 on Friday, January 13th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Mekenzie L. Steeples, 18, of Memphis was southbound on Highway 15, seven miles south of Memphis, when the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am she was driving went off the left side of the roadway. The car struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting a passenger.

Rebecca J. Cline, 17, of Columbus Junction, IA, was ejected from the car. She sustained serious injuries. Cline was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

Steeples and a second passenger in the car, Stormi N. Schultz, 17, of Memphis, sustained minor injuries in the crash. Schultz was transported by Knox County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center. Steeples was taken by private vehicle to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

The vehicle sustained total damage in the crash and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland and Knox County ambulance services, Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Memphis Police Department.

Wouldn’t The World Be Better Off If… 

How would you assess a broad improvement for the world order?  Let me take a stab at your guestimation.  No.  Let me tell you mine and see if yours lines up.  I don’t intend to go through life being so obnoxious, but I have this corner of my heart that believes that if everyone would/could/should operate as I then everyone would be much better off.

There… I came right out and said it.  I can count your many blessings!  Wouldn’t the world be better off if…it could evaluate and execute in step with the way I think? Or, maybe the way you think?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed.  We aren’t alike.  A few similarities prevail. Vast differences clearly exist.

Here’s a problem with this truth about us if we don’t guard our operating mindset.  We will desire that all people–admittedly different in vast array–are to do life on our scale of understanding; even interest.  And, dear friend, this… won’t… work.  It hasn’t.  It doesn’t.  It won’t.  It.  Isn’t. Supposed To.

Just as a hand isn’t a foot and an eye isn’t a mouth, all of us fit in life when we determine to work as a body. I am advantaged by those who do not think as I, judge as I, walk as I.  These, too, are equally advantaged by those like me for each of us fits in the body of life.

Struggles are prominent when feet want hands to function as feet; when mouths want eyes to smack rather than blink.  We are not the same… on God’s purpose.  We are a body.

When I’m set free to practice my gifts from the Spirit I seem to soar.  But when I’m pressed into being what others not like me want me to be as they think and do, suffocation of my imaginative and exploring heart tends to build.  This doesn’t mean that there is to be no cooperation.  But what it does mean is that we each must recall that our strengths are possibly not even of the remotest interest to others.

We are a team; not look-alike, walk-alike, talk-alike robots.  Here’s a good idea we might try to remember; concepts which make you perk may make another puke (sorry, but it started with p). If your trend lights up your heart unto ambition; might I suggest you enjoy it, but try not to impose it.

The world is better off because… not everyone is like me.  And the whole world just now said… “Oh thank you, God!”

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

Scotland County Hospital in Memphis recorded 13 admissions and 10 dismissals from January 6 – January 13.

ADMISSIONS: 1/8/17 -Kenneth Westbrook, Kirksville; 1/9/17 – Harold Gore, Memphis; Charles Hammack, Memphis 1/10/17 – Stella Ingram, Wyaconda 1/12/17 – Bobby Lee Heevner, Kahoka.

DISMISSALS: 1/6/17 – Kelsey Roberts, Queen City 1/12/17 – Kenneth Westbrook, Kirksville.

The Honey War

A confrontation that has been called the “silliest war in American history” took place in the winter of 1839 in Northeast Missouri. The incident called the Honey War grew out of a long-standing dispute between Iowa and Missouri over the boundary line between the two states. The line was originally surveyed in 1816 by J.C. Sullivan to mark the boundaries of the Osage Indian nation. When settlers began to move into northeast Missouri and southern Iowa in the late 30s, the marks of the Sullivan line were hardly visible. As a result, the settlers in the region did not know if they lived in Missouri or Iowa. In 1837, the Missouri legislature ordered the line to be resurveyed. The new survey resulted in a boundary line that was several miles north of the Sullivan line, due to a surveying error. When Missouri tried to collect taxes from the settlers in the region, they refused to pay. Governor Lucas of Iowa upheld their action, and Governor Boggs of Missouri came to the defense of the tax collectors. The situation worsened when a Missourian cut down some bee trees in the region with a quantity of valuable honey in the trunks. Shortly after, the sheriff of Van Buren County, Iowa arrested the sheriff of Clark County, Missouri, who had attempted to collect taxes. The militia from both states was called in, but no battle took place. The issue was settled in 1849 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Sullivan line was the true boundary.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

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