St. Louis' governing board approves minimum-wage boost - KMOV.com

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St. Louis' governing board approves minimum-wage boost

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ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV) - St. Louis' governing board has approved a compromise measure that raises the city's minimum wage to $11 by 2018.

The measure passed 16-8 in Friday's meeting. Mayor Slay later signed the bill.

Opponents argued that the measure would drive small businesses out of the city and into St. Louis County, which has declined to adopt its own minimum wage. They also insist the bill would force employers to reduce the number of minimum wage jobs.

Proponents counter that raising the wage would help workers struggling to survive on the state-mandated $7.65 minimum hourly wage.

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