The Kansas City Council took procedural actions to put a petition initiative on the Nov. 3 ballot that would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. The Council must discuss and vote on the initiative by next Thursday.
The issue of a wage floor has been particularly contentious in Kansas City this year. The Kansas City Council approved an ordinance last month that would raise the minimum wage to $13 by 2020, but a petition calling for a referendum threatens to keep the ordinance from ever becoming law. Meanwhile, the Missouri General Assembly looks to overturn Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a measure that would keep cities in the state from passing wage floors higher than the state’s $7.65 mandate.