Kansas City Council keeps minimum wage off ballot, plans to address issue

Kansas Citians won’t be voting in August on a petition to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020, but another vehicle for increasing the city’s minimum wage could still be in store this year.

In the face of strong opposition from the business community and divided economic analysis, the Kansas City Council on Thursday opted not to put a grass-roots petition for a $15 minimum wage on the city’s Aug. 4 ballot.

However, Mayor Sly James said he is committed to an increase in the minimum wage, and other council members said they hoped to reach a decision on the issue in mid-July.

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