March 14, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Jefferson City, MO – The state House approved a bill March 9 that would prohibit local governments from setting a minimum wage higher than the state’s $7.70 an hour.
The 112-46 vote came nine days after the Missouri Supreme Court reversed a lower-court ruling and said the city of St. Louis had the right to pass a law in 2015 that would have raised its minimum to $10 this year and $11 in 2018. The bill now goes to the state Senate. If it’s passed and Gov. Eric Greitens signs it, it contains an emergency clause that makes it take effect immediately, to prevent the St. Louis minimum from going into effect. Republican Rep. Jason Chipman said it would “cause a lot of chaos” if city businesses had to pay “a higher wage for a week, two weeks, a month.” St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has asked the state to raise its minimum, but the House voted 108-45 to reject an amendment that would bring it up to $11 by 2020. Read more