SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- If you're a minimum wage worker in Missouri, you'll get a raise in the new year. The rate is going up a dime to $7.35 an hour.
At Heritage Cafeteria, management says only a few entry level workers actually make minimum wage, while everyone else earns more. Still, they're prepared for an increase in the payroll.
Established in 1960, Heritage Cafeteria has been around for a few increases in minimum wage.
"When I first started, it was $1.40 an hour. Yeah, it's a little bit different," said manager Don Evans.
The cost of living has also increased, and food is just one expense. James Masterson is happy to see the minimum wage rise to $7.35.
"I think it should be even more," said Masterson.
Most employees make above minimum wage, so Heritage Cafeteria will only bump up a few.
"It's not really a problem," said Evans.
Still, it adds to the expenses.