Six weeks removed from the Kansas City Council’s decision to delay a vote on raising the city’s minimum wage, middle ground remains tough to find between advocates for a $15-per-hour minimum wage and business groups opposed to the idea.
The council established a July 16 deadline for a vote on the matter, but mayor Sly James said weekly meetings between supporters and opponents of the wage hike haven’t “produced any agreement of anything.”
A grassroots petition initiative has called for Kansas City to raise its minimum wage to $10 by Sept. 1 and $15 by 2020. That suggestion roiled hotel, restaurant and other businesses in the city, where the minimum wage is currently $7.65.
James and several city council members have expressed support for some increase in the city’s minimum pay rate.