WIN Special: “We Will Not Be Deterred” – Kansas City Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increase, Vow To Fight GOP Pre-Emption Law
Special Workers Independent News WINCast report for Wednesday, August 9th, 2017.
On Tuesday, Voters in Kansas City overwhelmingly approved a hike in the city’s minimum wage to well above the state wage, setting up a legal battle with the state of Missouri. Over two-thirds of Kansas City voters approved the measure, which raises the wage to 10$ an hour, with annual increases leading up to 15$ by 2022. The state, however, has other ideas, with Republican lawmakers passing a law earlier this summer barring municipalities from raising their minimum wage above the state-mandated 7.70$ an hour. The new Kansas City minimum wage increase will be on the books for four days before state law banning it goes into effect August 28th. Those behind the ballot measure have vowed to challenge the state in the courts, while other worker advocates in Missouri are pushing for an increase in the minimum wage statewide.