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In 2015 the City of St. Louis, by ordinance, established a higher minimum wage than the state. A few people took exception to that. On February 28, 2017 the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the city can have a higher minimum wage than the one established by the state.

Representative Jason Chipman (r) [2016 file photo].

The right wingnut controlled Missouri House has a low opinion of anyone increasing the minimum wage and acted with alacrity as only they can:

HB 1194  
Prohibits political subdivisions from requiring a minimum wage that exceeds the requirements of state law
Sponsor: Chipman, Jason (120)
Proposed Effective Date: Emergency Clause
LR Number: 2328H.02P
Last Action: 03/09/2017 – Reported to the Senate and First Read (S)
Bill String: HCS HBs 1194 & 1193
3/01/2017 H 793 Introduced and Read First Time (H)
3/02/2017 H 822 Read Second Time (H)
3/02/2017 H 832 Referred: Rules – Administrative Oversight(H)
3/06/2017 Public Hearing Completed (H)
3/06/2017 Executive Session Completed (H)
3/06/2017 HCS Voted Do Pass (H)
3/06/2017 H 868 HCS Reported Do Pass (H) – AYES: 10 NOES: 4 PRESENT: 0
3/08/2017 H 897 Taken Up
3/08/2017 H 897 Laid Over (H)
3/08/2017 H 905 Taken Up
3/08/2017 H 911 Title of Bill – Agreed To
3/08/2017 H 911 – 912 HCS Adopted (H) – AYES: 109 NOES: 44 PRESENT: 0
3/08/2017 H 912 Perfected with Amendments (H) – HA 1 adopted
3/09/2017 Taken Up
3/09/2017 Third Read and Passed (H)
3/09/2017 Emergency Clause Adopted (H)
3/09/2017 Reported to the Senate and First Read (S)

Well, that was fast. Ten days.

The details:


2328H.02P D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk


To repeal sections 285.055, 288.062, and 290.528, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to the minimum wage, with an emergency clause.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
2. No political subdivision shall establish, mandate, or otherwise require an employer to provide to an employee:
(1) A minimum or living wage rate; or
(2) Employment benefits
that exceed state laws, rules, or regulations. Sections 290.500 to 290.530 shall preempt and nullify all political subdivision ordinances, rules, and regulations currently in effect or later enacted relating to the establishment or enforcement of a minimum or living wage or the provisions of employment benefits.


[emphasis in original]

Yep, this from the people’s worker’s party.


Missouri Supreme Court: St. Louis can indeed establish a higher minimum wage (February 28, 2017)