Mayors across state back $12 minimum wage ballot initiative

A grassroots effort to collect the signatures required to place a statewide minimum wage of $12 per hour on the 2018 ballot has received support from local officials, including St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Columbia Mayor Brian Treece.

St. Louis’ minimum wage reverted back to $7.70 an hour Monday when a state law repealing the city’s higher $10 minimum wage became law. At a rally, elected leaders voiced support for an initiative led by a group known as Raise Up Missouri to get a higher minimum wage on the statewide ballot, issuing a joint statement saying that raising the minimum wage will help hundreds of thousands of Missouri workers.

“We, as local elected leaders, stand united in the belief that better wages strengthen all communities and will continue to lead the way forward in Missouri,” the joint statement said. “We support the Raise Up Missouri initiative, which would raise the statewide minimum wage via ballot initiative to $12 by 2023.”

At the rally, advocates of a higher minimum wage vowed a renewed push to convince employers to pledge to raise pay as part of the Save The Raise effort. Thus far, 135 St. Louis employers have taken the Save the Raise pledge to continue paying the $10 minimum wage even after the city’s wage law was repealed, they said.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal, Kansas City Business Journal

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