Thousands In St. Louis Likely To See Wage Drop With New Law

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of workers in St. Louis will likely see smaller paychecks starting Monday, when a new Missouri law takes effect barring local government from enacting minimum wages different than the state minimum.

The law is drawing protests in St. Louis and Kansas City, where a recent vote approving a higher minimum wage is essentially nullified.

The impact is direct in St. Louis, where the city won a court battle over a higher minimum wage in May. An estimated 35,000 workers saw their wages increase to $10 per hour.

But days after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled, the state’s Republican-led Legislature passed the law requiring a statewide uniform minimum wage. The state minimum wage is $7.70 per hour.

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