Missouri mayors endorse statewide minimum wage increase

Marc LaVoie
August 29, 2017 - 7:01 am

Multiple Missouri Mayors are backing a ballot measure to raise the state's minimum wage. 

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson is asking for signatures on a petition to support November 2018 ballot measure. The effort, called "Raise Up Missouri," requires 100,000 signatures by May. Kansas City Mayor Sly James said in a statement that he also supports the ballot initiative. Other supporters include Columbia Mayor Brian Treece and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. 

Missouri state law bars cities and counties from creating their own minimum wages above the state level of $7.70 an hour.

A state law passed on the final day of the 2017 legislative session took effect Monday to override local ordinances that require higher minumum wages.

The state's wage floor is $7.70 per hour.

People in favor of higher minimum wages say they lift more families out of poverty. 

Opponents point to higher unemployment rates among people who need to develop basic skills to enter the workforce. 

Analysis of Seattle's $15 minimum wage found a 6 percent net decrease in pay for lower income workers, because of resulting job losses. The study was performed by the University of Washington.

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