St. Louis' city minimum wage may rise as early as next week

2 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, April 26 2017 Apr 26, 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 4:16:16 PM CDT April 26, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' city minimum wage could rise to $10 an hour starting next week now that the state's highest court won't reconsider its ruling upholding it.

The Missouri Supreme Court in February rejected claims by business groups that setting a wage higher than the state's $7.65 one would spawn regulatory confusion. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to revisit that, ending the issue.

The ordinance sets a $10-an-hour minimum wage in the city this year, climbing to $11 in 2018.

Mayor Lyda Krewson calls the increase "good for our city's economy" and "a win for our city's working families." Critics counter that St. Louis' minimum wage, if higher than in surrounding areas, will put local employers at a competitive disadvantage, hurting the economy.

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