Looks like a war on the working poor.While many cities raised their minimum wage over the past weekend, St. Louis will soon see a 23% decrease.
A new Missouri law will go into effect August 28 that will override the city's minimum wage and lower the hourly rate from $10 to $7.70, which is the state's standard.
In 2015, St. Louis passed an ordinance that raised the minimum wage to $10 in May and would've bumped it to $11 in January 2018. This led to a legal battle that wound up in the Missouri Supreme Court -- which the city eventually won. But its victory was short-lived.
The minimum wage issue pitted St. Louis, a blue city, against the red state legislature and governor. The Missouri General Assembly passed a law earlier this year that prohibits local governments from setting a higher minimum wage than what the state requires.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, a Democrat, called its passage in May "a setback for working families."
"The state has preempted cities from enacting laws on many issues, including guns, cold medicine and now our minimum wage," she said in a statement.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens took a stance in the minimum wage debate, but didn't sign the bill into law. It will go into effect next month regardless.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens criticized the St. Louis ordinance.
The Republican governor said the St. Louis ordinance that raised the minimum wage will "kill jobs, and despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people's pockets."
"This increase in the minimum wage might read pretty on paper, but it doesn't work in practice. Government imposes an arbitrary wage, and small businesses either have to cut people's hours or let them go," he said in a statement released last week.