KC's minimum wage would rise under proposal

3 years 4 months 4 days ago Thursday, July 16 2015 Jul 16, 2015 Thursday, July 16, 2015 5:26:00 AM 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 eight years under a measure the city council is considering.

The council is expected to vote when it takes up the measure Thursday afternoon. 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 and $500,000 in annual income 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 to $9.15 an hour in January 2017, and be followed by annual 65-cent increases until it hits $13 an hour in 2023. Cost-of-living adjustments would be made in subsequent years.

Workers who are 18 or younger are among those who would be exempted.

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