Judge strikes down St. Louis minimum wage law

A St. Louis circuit court judge struck down the city’s minimum wage law on Wednesday, just hours before it would have gone into effect.

Judge Steven Ohmer deemed the law void because it conflicts directly with state law. The St. Louis ordinance would have gradually raised the city’s minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2018, starting with an increase to $8.25 per hour at midnight on Wednesday.

A coalition of groups sued last month to block the measure, saying it was in conflict with state law, which currently sets the Missouri minimum wage at $7.65. Ohmer agreed.

Mayor Francis Slay was a vocal supporter of the law, encouraging St. Louis aldermen to pass it this summer. He said on Twitter that an appeal of Ohmer’s decision was in the works. However, that process could take months.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Public Radio

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