Religious, civil rights leaders seek ‘living wage’ in KC

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Civil rights and religious leaders urged a Kansas City Council committee on Wednesday to support a “living wage” requirement that would increase the city’s minimum wage and seek to help people out of poverty.

The measure would require employers in Kansas City to pay $10 per hour beginning Sept. 1 of this year and $11.25 as of Sept 1, 2017. The minimum pay rate would then increase $1.25 per year until it reached $15 in 2020.

Missouri’s current minimum wage is $7.65 per hour.

Some members of the committee voiced support for the sentiments expressed by the civil rights and religious leaders, but a vote on the issue was postponed because Missouri law prohibits cities from establishing any minimum wage that exceeds the state minimum wage.

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