Board of Aldermen pass measure to increase minimum wage - KMOV.com

Board of Aldermen pass measure to increase minimum wage

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A Board of Aldermen committee has passed a measure to increase the minimum wage within the City of St. Louis.

The proposal would raise the minimum wage immediately to $7.95 an hour. Next year, the minimum wage would jump to $8.25, before increasing to $11 an hour in the year 2020.

Aldermen are moving quickly  and say a final decision must be made soon because there is currently a bill on Gov. Nixon’s desk that would stop cities from raising the minimum wage past $7.65 an hour.

“From what we’re hearing, it looks more probable that he will veto it. It doesn’t mean that he will,” Board of Aldermen Chairman Lewis Reed said. “Kansas City is calling on him to veto it, St. Louis is calling on him to veto it and he hasn’t made any indications that he won’t veto it.”

The governor has until August 12 to make the decision on the state bill. 

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