Quick verdict expected in St. Louis minimum wage case

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A circuit judge on Tuesday heard arguments from business groups that are attempting to strike down the city’s minimum wage increase that goes into force later this month.

The business groups, who are represented by Clayton lawyer Jane Dueker, argued that the law raising the city’s minimum wage conflicts with current state law, exceeds the city’s power under its charter and was improperly enacted.

Now, the fate of St. Louis’ minimum wage law is in the hands of Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer.

After hearing the arguments, Ohmer promised to deliver a quick ruling on the lawsuit. Previously, he had promised to decide on the validity of the law by October 15, the day that the city’s minimum wage is expected to increase to $8.25 an hour.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Public Radio

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