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St. Louis Minimum Wage Forced Down by State

While the trend for minimum wages across the country is up, St. Louis will be forced by state legislation to drop its minimum wage by 23 percent as of August 28. The difference between city and state minimum wage philosophy appears to be the difference in viewpoints between Democrats and Republicans. St. Louis is blue, the state legislature and governor are red.

Restaurant owners and other employers in St. Louis, Mo., will face the decision of rolling back minimum wage rates from $10 in the city to the statewide standard of $7.70 an hour as of Aug. 28. 

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said last week he will allow legislation to go into effect that that blocks local increases in minimum wages and requires the statewide standard. The move will affect the already increased rate in St. Louis, which took effect May 5 after a two-year legal challenge by businesses. — Ron Ruggless, Nation's Restaurant News

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