The mayors of Kansas City and St. Louis are trying to get a state minimum wage increase on the November 2018 ballot. Lyda Krewson of St. Louis and Sly James of Kansas City say they support the “Raise Up Missouri” initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.70 an hour to $12 an hour by 2023. The plan will increase the minimum wage to $8.60 by 2019 with 85 cent yearly increases until 2023. The initiative needs 10,000 signatures from Missouri residents before it gets on the ballot.
The plan comes after Governor Eric Greitens signed a law banning cities from designating their own minimum wage different from the state.