Alderman Shane Cohn will present the revised minimum wage bill for debate at tomorrow's meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
When I began this effort, I promised that we would listen to all sides, we would do our homework, and we would come up with a proposal that was fair to workers without putting their jobs or our economy in jeopardy. I think this new proposal accomplishes that.
Under the new legislation, the minimum wage in the City would go up on the following schedule:
$7.95 immediately upon the mayor’s signature
$8.25 on January 1, 2016
$8.75 on January 1, 2017
$9.25 on January 1, 2018
$10 on January 1, 2019
$11 on January 1, 2020
After talking to stakeholders on all sides of the issue, I believe a minimum wage increase starting at $7.95 an hour and ending at $11 an hour over five years will NOT have a negative impact on the City's economy nor cost large numbers of jobs.
We say we want people to work hard and not be dependent on government assistance. So, we should reward hard work. It just isn’t right that a parent working full time for the minimum wage has to raise his or her children in poverty. Ideally, the federal government and state government would have addressed this issue by now. But, they haven’t. So, we will.
Alderman Shane Cohn is the sponsor of the bill. He will ask his colleagues to vote the bill out of committee and debate it on the floor tomorrow.
This bill should get a full hearing. The Missouri General Assembly set an August 28th deadline for us to get this done. If we want to help our fellow citizens, we have to abide by that timeline.