The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Kansas City to put a proposal on the ballot that could eventually boost the city’s minimum wage to $15 a hour.
The court, in a 6-0 decision, ordered the city to place before voters a minimum-wage ordinance proposed through the initiative process. The decision reverses a 2015 decision by a trial judge that the ordinance shouldn’t go to a vote because it violated state law.
The higher local pay is being proposed by a grassroots committee’s petition initiative, which seeks gradual increases to $15 per hour by 2020.
Tuesday’s decision doesn’t mean that the ordinance will pass muster with a state law limiting local control over the question. It simply means that the legal fight about the measure can’t take place unless it passes.