Greitens warns against $15 minimum wage, urges ‘law and order with compassion’ on DACA

Gov. Eric Greitens came out strongly against raising the minimum wage to $15 while promoting his economic agenda Wednesday in Kansas City.

During his visit, Greitens pointed to a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research that tied an overall decline in Seattle workers’ pay to the city’s decision to raise the minimum wage to $15.

Greitens also called on Congress to balance “law and order with compassion” as it acts to replace the executive order known as DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“We need to make sure we’re making a distinction between violent felons who are in this county illegally and children who were brought here through no fault of their own who have grown up in America,” Greitens said.

The comments came as Greitens made appearances in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas ahead of this week’s Governor’s Conference of Economic Development, his first in office. The first-year Republican governor highlighted job growth at Spring Venture group, a Kansas City health insurance company that plans to add more than 600 positions, and Seyer Industries, a St. Peters-based aerospace outfit planning to increase its headcount by 125.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KCUR

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