Council Repeals $13 Minimum Wage
October 22, 2015

The City Council of Kansas City Missouri is trying to keep the issue of a minimum wage increase alive, in their own way.
After voting to repeal an earlier increase in the minimum wage on a 7-4 vote, the council passed a non-binding resolution.
Council members Thursday voted 11-0 in support of a resolution calling for an increase in the minimum wage in the city.
The previous council voted to raise the minimum in steps to $13 an hour.
Another petition was pressed in the city to raise the wage to $15 an hour.
A St. Louis court, however, ruled that only the state of Missouri, not its cities, set wages in Missouri.
The resolution called for the Republican-dominated Missouri general Assembly to raise the minimum wage from its current level of $6.75 an hour.
That is higher than the federal minimum of $6.25 an hour, the rate in Kansas.
The resolution also says if the lawmakers don’t raise it, then the council could support an initiative petition to increase it in Missouri.
In a statement, Kansas City Mayor Sly James said, ““I know today’s action will disappoint some, especially those who desperately need a raise. I understand and feel that very personally.”
He added, “It would be inaccurate and misguided, though, to construe this procedural action as anything other than a recognition of what Kansas City can and cannot do under state law.

Nixon Vetoes Local Control Bill
July 10, 2015

(AP) – A Missouri bill meant to block cities from raising the minimum wage or banning use of plastic bags has been vetoed.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill Friday, saying it infringed on local control.
The bill would have stopped cities from enacting a higher minimum wage than the state minimum. It also would have prevented local ordinances to ban the use of plastic grocery bags.
Kansas City and St. Louis officials are considering raising the minimum wage. Columbia had discussed banning store use of plastic bags, but later dropped the proposal.
Supporters of the bill had said a patchwork of local ordinances would hurt businesses.
Lawmakers could attempt to override Nixon’s veto with more than a two-thirds majority during a special September session.
Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly james says the Nixon veto clears the way for the City Council to make a move towards raising the Kansas City minimum wage.
” The City Council and I fully intend to consider an ordinance to raise the minimum wage by July 16 ” James said.

Minimum Wage Advances in KC
July 9, 2015

(AP) – Kansas City’s minimum wage would rise to $13 an hour over eight years under a draft ordinance that has been passed out of a committee of councilmembers.
The councilmembers made no recommendations Thursday on whether the ordinance should be approved when they consider it again July 16. The measure calls for incremental hikes to the current $7.65 an hour minimum wage. Workers would receive their first raise Aug. 24, when businesses with more than 15 employees and $500,000 in annual income would be required to begin paying at least $8.50 an hour.
Workers younger than 18 are among those who would be exempted from the higher wage.
Backers say a wage hike is needed to help workers pay their bills. Opponents say it would cripple businesses and question its legality.

Missouri Moves to Limit Local Contril as Sly Blasts Their “Bad” Laws
May 6, 2015

(AP) – Missouri’s Republican-controlled Legislature has passed a bill barring cities from adopting ordinances on plastic bags and employee benefits.

House members voted 105-48 Wednesday for the bill, which passed the Senate a day earlier. It now goes to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

The bill would bar ordinances such as one considered in Columbia prohibiting grocers from using plastic bags. It also would bar policies such as a Kansas City proposal setting a “living wage” above the state minimum wage, or local ordinances requiring certain employee benefits.

Wednesday, the Kansas City chapter of the Aourhern Christian Leadership conference submitted 4,000 signatures calling for a city-wide vote to raise the minimum to 10 then 15 dollars an hour.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James also complained again on the batch of bad laws he says the state legislature passes.

He says the lawmaker are out if step with the state’s urban areas.

Missouri law already bars cities from requiring wages above the state’s minimum wage.

Democratic lawmakers criticized Republican supporters of the bill for stripping local control.

Democrats in Kansas Join Retirees for COLA Rally
February 19, 2014

(AP) – Democratic lawmakers in Kansas have joined dozens of retired teachers and government employees in calling for a cost-of-living increase in their pensions.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that about 200 retirees rallied Tuesday at the Statehouse. Many wore green stickers bearing the word “COLA,” for cost-of-living adjustment.

Retirees haven’t seen such an increase in 17 years because of long-term funding issues facing the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.

The projected gap between the pension system’s anticipated revenues and its commitments to retirees is $10.3 billion through 2033. However, the state has enacted changes in recent years that are projected to close the gap.

Speakers at the rally included Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence.