The Missouri House and Senate are expected to resurrect efforts next week to ban cities from raising their minimum wages above the state’s wage floor.
Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed a bill that would have made such minimum wage increases illegal and would also have prevented cities from banning plastic bags. But Republicans have supermajorities in the House and Senate, and some in the GOP caucus are eyeing override efforts during next week’s veto session.
Meanwhile, mayors from across the state formally voiced their opposition to the override effort. Mayors Sly James of Kansas City and Francis Slay of St. Louis, along with the mayors of Columbia, Grain Valley, Florissant, Potosi, St. Peters and Wentzville, and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, all signed a letter.
Kansas City and St. Louis have both passed measures in recent months to increase the local minimum wage.