KC minimum wage vote coming in April or August

Kansas City voters will see a proposed minimum wage ordinance on their ballots, but it’s likely to be the end of this week before it’s known whether the measure will be on the April or August ballot.

An initiative petition to raise Kansas City’s minimum wage had a court hearing on Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court. Both sides argued their case — the city wanting to wait until August, the petitioners wanting April.

Judge Margene Burnett asked for additional City Council records, with the expectation that she may be able to render a decision by Friday.

Officials from election boards in Kansas City, Clay and Platte counties seek a speedy decision because they want to finalize the content of their April ballots within days.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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