Kansas City voters approve minimum wage hike - KCTV5

Kansas City voters approve minimum wage hike

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Kansas City voters have agreed to raise the local minimum wage, ignoring a law Missouri legislators enacted earlier this year that bars cities from setting their own rates.

Under the proposal approved Tuesday, Kansas City's minimum wage would increase from $7.70 to $10 on Aug. 24. But it may only be in place for a few days because the new state rules take effect on Aug. 28.

Though largely symbolic because of the state law, the Kansas City vote calls for annual rate hikes starting Sept. 1, 2019. It would eventually reach $15 per hour in 2022.

Supporters of the bill say it would help hard working Missouri families.

“No one will get rich off of this increase, but it will mean more food on the table, bills paid on time and a brighter future for hundreds of thousands of Missouri families,” said nursing home worker Cherry Brown.

Advocacy groups also launched a petition drive Tuesday seeking to let Missouri voters decide next year whether to raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023.

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