Judge mulls suit's bid to block St. Louis minimum wage boost
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge is weighing a business-backed lawsuit's bid to block the city of St. Louis from incrementally raising its minimum wage.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer heard two hours of arguments Tuesday over the lawsuit's request for a permanent injunction that would stop the phased-in increase from beginning Oct. 15, when the minimum wage in the city is to rise 60 cents to $8.25.
Ohmer deferred ruling but said he'd decide the matter quickly, though he offered no other time frame.
Mayor Francis Slay in late August signed a measure that would raise the minimum wage in the city to $11 an hour by 2018.
Groups that include the Missouri Chamber of Commerce are suing, challenging the legality of St. Louis' actions and insisting the increase would hurt business.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information.]