Kansas City minimum wage plan faces challenges

2 years 9 months 5 days ago Friday, August 14 2015 Aug 14, 2015 Friday, August 14, 2015 10:43:00 AM CDT August 14, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press and James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Kansas City Council proposal to boost the minimum wage was facing challenges from two groups Friday.

The Kansas City Star reports the council on Thursday took a step to seek voter input in November on a group's petition to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. That proposal, which was supported by civil rights groups, sought to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour on Sept. 1 and to $15 per hour by 2020.

The council adopted its own ordinance to increase the city's minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2020.

The council ordinance hadn't become law because another group of petitioners representing businesses has also started a referendum drive to overturn it.

One business owner told KSHB-TV in July if a dollar is added to the minimum wage, businesses would likely not hire, reduce employment, or relocate from high-rent areas.

 

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