ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – Now that Missouri’s minimum wage is back to $7.70 statewide, the Democratic mayors from both of the state’s big cities are supporting a ballot measure to increase the wage to $12 an hour gradually by 2023.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was among several dozen supporters of a higher minimum wage who gathered Monday for a rally and protest. Krewson says she’ll be asking for signatures on a petition toward a November 2018 ballot measure. The effort called “Raise Up Missouri” requires 100,000 signatures by May.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James says in a statement that he also supports the ballot initiative. Other supporters include Columbia Mayor Brian Treece and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.
A Missouri law that went into effect Monday prohibits local government from approving minimum wages higher than the state’s. The measure overturns a $10 wage in St. Louis that went into effect in May, and nullifies voter approval of a $10 wage in Kansas City.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
Four months after getting a raise, thousands of St. Louis workers will be taking a pay cut today thanks to a new state law that took effect at midnight.
Workers are upset after the city increased the minimum wage to $10 an hour, only to have state lawmakers roll it back to the state minimum of $7.70 an hour.
This afternoon, many of those workers will gather in the Grove, and with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, they will protest the legislature’s move.
They will also be collecting signatures, hoping to put a proposal for a $12 an hour minimum wage on the statewide ballot.
Despite the rollback, more than 150 city businesses are keeping the higher wage, and they’re urging others to join them.
The demonstration in the Grove will be at 3:15 outside Urban Chestnut.
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