Kansas City takes steps to remove $15 minimum wage initiative from ballot

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On Wednesday, the Missouri General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that prohibited local control on the minimum wage. Now, Kansas City’s city attorney says he’ll work with election authorities to remove a $15 per hour minimum wage proposal from the November ballot.

The city will seek a court order before Tuesday to remove the petition initiative from the Nov. 3 local ballot.

A group of civil rights and low-wage worker advocates had gathered enough signatures for a Kansas City ballot initiative calling for a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2020. But City Attorney Bill Geary said that in light of the legislature’s action, the petition is invalid.

Geary also plans to soon prepare an ordinance repealing a council-approved measure from July that called for a gradual raise of the minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2020.


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