New St. Louis minimum wage could begin next week

The city of St. Louis expects to increase its minimum wage within the next few days. It is waiting for an injunction to be lifted after the Missouri Supreme Court this week declined to reconsider an earlier ruling that allowed the city to establish a higher wage floor than the state of Missouri.

St. Louis officials expect the Circuit Court to lift its injunction blocking an increase within the next week. An ordinance enacted in 2015 calls for the rate to go up to $10 an hour this year and $11 in 2018.

Business groups had sued and won an injunction stopping the 2015 city wage hike, arguing that by setting a cap higher than the state’s $7.65 minimum wage would sow regulatory confusion. The state Supreme Court rejected that argument on Feb. 28, ruling that the new city wage could go into effect.

The court’s refusal on Tuesday to reconsider that order effectively ends the issue.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio

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