Despite State Ban, Kansas City Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Minimum Wage Hike
Voters in Kansas City, Missouri went to the polls Tuesday, voting overwhelmingly to hike the city’s minimum wage to well above the state wage, despite a new state law aimed at preventing municipalities from doing just that. Citizens will be voting on whether to raise the wage 10$ an hour, with annual increases up to 15$ by 2022. The new city minimum wage increase will be on the books for four days before state law banning it goes into effect August 28th.
Doctor Vernon Howard is President of the Greater Kansas City Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Chair of KC for 15:
[Dr. Vernon Howard]: “Everyday workers have not received a fair shake over the course of the last half-century in this country, and it is time for people of good will to stand up, organize, mobilize and do something about it. Clearly there will be a legal battle and we believe that the constitutionality of the Missouri statute that pre-empts the people from going to the polls and determining their own destiny and outcome is something that is a good case, and we will take it as high as necessary, to any court that will hear us. If, in fact, our case was bogus, the Missouri Supreme court never would have ordered this election. We will not shrink back. We will not stop. We will not be deterred in our quest to obtain justice for the working poor.”