Business group files petition challenging KC minimum wage law

A group of restaurant and business advocates is gathering signatures in support of a petition to overturn a new minimum wage law passed by the Kansas City Council earlier this month.

The coalition opposes the City Council’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 on Aug. 24 and then make gradual annual increases until the minimum wage hits $13 in 2020. A spokesman for the group, called Missourians for Fair Wages, expressed concern that the City Council acted hastily in enacting the wage law, and he said the hike may adversely affect the local economy.

The group is made up of restaurant, hotel and other business interests. It has collected 100 signatures and has until Aug. 25 to submit about 3,400 signatures for a referendum election.

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