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Legislation #: 170195 Introduction Date: 3/9/2017
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Title: Declaring Mayor and City Council’s support for a statewide initiative petition to raise the minimum wage in the State of Missouri.

Legislation History
3/9/2017 Filed by the Clerk's office
3/9/2017 Immediate Adoption of Resolution
3/9/2017 Councilmember Hall (Second by Fowler) Move to Amend
3/9/2017 Failed
3/9/2017 Adopted

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Declaring Mayor and City Council’s support for a statewide initiative petition to raise the minimum wage in the State of Missouri.


WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council of Kansas City, Missouri recognize the challenges that families and workers face with a minimum wage of $7.70 per hour; and


WHEREAS, recent years have exhibited high economic volatility and income stagnation without raising the wage of workers, significant barriers to economic mobility will continue and working people will continue to live in poverty; and

WHEREAS, the failure to pay workers a responsible wage also imposes costs upon the public as working people may be faced with relying on limited governmental assistance programs; and


WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council have engaged in analysis that includes evaluation of both state and local rights to legally address the desire to provide increased wages for our City’s workers; and


WHEREAS, on July 16, 2015, the City Council passed Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 150217, As Amended, to raise the minimum payable to workers in the City to $13.00 by 2020; and

WHEREAS, business owners and activists challenged Ordinance No. 150217 by a referendum petition on August 24, 2015; and


WHEREAS, during the 2015 session of the Missouri Legislature, the General Assembly passed HB 722, prohibiting cities from enacting minimum wage ordinances above the state minimum after August 28, 2015; and


WHEREAS, an initiative petition led by activists also challenged Ordinance 150217 by seeking a minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2020 rather than to $13.00 by 2020; and

WHEREAS, in light of the referendum petition, Ordinance No. 150217 would not become effective prior to the August 28, 2015 deadline, and the Council repealed Ordinance No. 150217 on October 22, 2015; and


WHEREAS, on February 28, 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the Missouri Minimum Wage Law does not preempt local minimum wage ordinances in charter cities; and


WHEREAS, the Missouri Supreme Court did not address the issue of whether HB 722 does preempt local minimum wage laws passed after August 28, 2015; and


WHEREAS, on March 1, 2017, the Missouri General Assembly introduced HB 1193 to preempt local minimum wage ordinances, providing that “No political subdivision shall establish, mandate, or otherwise require an employer to provide an employee the minimum or living wage rate or employment benefits that exceed state laws, rules, or regulations.”; The proposed legislation would “preempt and nullify all...ordinances... in effect or later enacted related to the establishment or enforcement of a minimum or living wage...”; and


WHEREAS, the bill is on course for a fast track through the General Assembly and includes an emergency clause that would cause it go into effect as soon as it is signed by the Governor; and


WHEREAS, a statewide initiative petition is the most effective and only lawful option to raise the minimum now existing; and


WHEREAS, the working families of Kansas City and Missouri deserve real leadership and a winning plan for an affirmative vote on a statewide initiative petition; NOW, THEREFORE,




The Mayor and City Council of Kansas City, Missouri support a statewide initiative petition to raise the minimum wage in the State of Missouri.