February 24, 2024

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Group Wants $15 Minimum Wage on April KC Ballot

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Petitioners want to increase minimum wage by 95 percent.

On Wednesday, a group of petitioners appealed to a Jackson County Circuit Court Judge to get their proposal calling for a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2021 on the April Kansas City ballot. Said Pastor Lloyd Fields:

“People deserve a pay raise now. I mean we’ve waited long enough, been through enough, fought enough battles to bring it to this point. It needs to be finished.”

Fields did not specify who those people were or what they had done to deserve a 95 percent pay raise. The current minimum wage in Missouri is $7.70 an hour.

The Missouri Supreme Court has previously ruled in the petitioner’s favor, but the KCMO City Council declined to put the issue on the April ballot. That ballot will feature the $800 million GO Bond. The Council may have feared that the proposed minimum wage hike would stir more fiscally prudent taxpayers to come vote.

The current minimum wage in Kansas is $7.25 an hour. There is no apparent provision in the ballot language to prevent Kansas Citians from slipping across state lines to buy their burgers.

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