Judge blocks St. Louis minimum wage law

Minimum wage hike bill passes first round at City Hall

Alderman Sharon Tyus debates an amendment with Alderman Jack Coatar on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in the aldermanic chambers of City Hall in St. Louis, during the special session that was called on the minimum wage hike bill. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

A judge on Wednesday struck down St. Louis’ new minimum wage law hours before it was scheduled to take effect. The law would have pushed the local minimum wage to $8.25 an hour, 60 cents higher than the state minimum. St. Louis’ minimum wage would have then increased further, reaching $9 on Jan. 1, $10 in 2017, and $11 in 2018. Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer said the local law was void because it clashed with the state’s law. The city plans to appeal.

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