The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a bill to increase the city’s minimum wage to $11 by Jan. 1, 2018. The bill, which passed with a 16-8 vote, will start to take effect by Oct. 15, when the minimum wage increases to $8.25 an hour. The city’s current minimum wage is $7.65 an hour, the same as the state’s.
For businesses who do not comply with the new ordinance, punishment is up to $500 in fines or as many as 90 days in jail. St. Louis’ Department of Human Services will regulate the wage increase. The department may revoke a business’ license if it does not follow the ordinance.
The wage hike in St. Louis follows a July vote by the Kansas City Council to gradually raise that city’s minimum wage to $13 by 2020. Business groups there have filed a petition challenging the law, and proponents of higher wages are still pushing for a $15 wage floor.