Kansas City faces another state challenge to raising city’s minimum wage

Missouri Rep. Dan Shaul, a Republican from Jefferson County, has introduced legislation aimed at preventing Kansas City from pursuing a higher minimum wage for the city.

The legislation introduced on Wednesday states, “No political subdivision shall establish, mandate, or otherwise require an employer to provide to an employee a minimum or living wage rate or employment benefits that exceed state laws, rules, or regulations.”

The bill includes an emergency clause that would cause it go into effect as soon as it is signed by the governor. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday night in the House Rules and Administrative Oversight Committee.

With the bill already moving quickly through the legislative process, advocates for a higher minimum wage in Kansas City are urging even quicker action by City Hall. Clinton Adams, a lawyer for the petitioners who worked to get a minimum wage increase before Kansas City voters in August, sent a letter Thursday afternoon to Kansas City Mayor Sly James and members of the City Council, encouraging the council to “act now.”

As it stands, a minimum wage increase is scheduled to go before Kansas City voters on Aug. 8.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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