Kansas City leaders OK minimum wage boost

3 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, July 16 2015 Jul 16, 2015 Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:33:10 PM CDT July 16, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Kansas City's minimum wage would rise to $13 an hour over about five and a half years under a newly approved ordinance.

The city council voted Thursday to approve the measure. The proposal has the backing of low-wage workers, but business groups are questioning its legality. It calls for businesses with more than 15 employees to begin paying at least $8.50 an hour on Aug. 24. The current state minimum is $7.65.

The minimum wage would rise again on Jan. 1, 2017, to $9 an hour, and be followed by annual $1 an hour increases until it hits $13 an hour in 2021. Cost-of-living adjustments would be made in subsequent years.

Workers who are 17 or younger are among those who would be exempted.

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