Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The minimum wage and other contentious issues are on the agenda as the St. Louis Board of Aldermen meets for its final session before summer break this morning.

A plan to raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour will hit the floor after St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s original $15 an hour plan died in committee.

Today is also the last chance to pass a plan to mortgage three city buildings to raise $20 million that backers say might help keep the defense-mapping agency in the city.

Aldermwoman Sharon Tyus says she will vote no.

“It is a bad financial deal for the city of St. Louis,” she says. “We are a poor city, and we should do deals that are fiscally sound.”

Alderman Tom Villa says it’s a waste of time, saying he thinks it’s “ill-advised” to borrow the money for something that is “clearly an if-come situation”

With minimum wage and defense mapping to debate, it could be a long day in the chamber.

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