The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a plan to increase of the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. In doing so, Los Angeles follows the example of cities like Seattle and San Francisco, which have already raised their minimum wages to $15.
Meanwhile in Missouri, efforts are underway in St. Louis and Kansas City to raise those cities’ minimum wages to $15 per hour as well.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay last week proposed gradually increasing the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020. The statute would protect small businesses by exempting ventures that either make less than $500,000 in gross sales or employ fewer than 15 workers.
The Kansas City Council last month decided to keep a proposal for a $15 minimum wage off the city’s August ballot. However, Mayor Sly James and several council members have said they’re committed to increasing the city’s minimum wage, in spite of strong opposition from some in the business community.
Despite support for an increased minimum wage at the municipal level, opposition at the state level could complicate efforts. A bill that would ban municipalities from raising minimum wages after Aug. 28, passed by the Missouri Legislature earlier this year, now sits on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk.
The current minimum wage in Missouri is $7.65 per hour, 25 cents higher than the federal floor of $7.25. The interactive graphic above offers a glimpse of how Missouri compares to the rest of the country in that reagard.