KC City Council to meet, clarify minimum wage issues

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Workers in Kansas City could get some clarity on the minimum wage issue Thursday afternoon after the City Council meets to discuss the ordinance.

The council meets at 3 p.m.

The ordinance passed on July 16th to raise the minimum wage would have kicked in August 24th, but officials say this is not going to happen.

Both sides filed a petition regarding the issue. Business owners don't want to pay employees more and employees want to be paid more than what the ordinance called for. The ordinance is on hold until further notice under the heading "notice of referendum."

The City Charter allows people to postpone the effective date of some ordinances by collecting the signatures of at least 3,417 registered Kansas City voters demanding a vote on the ordinance passed by the City Council and approved by the Mayor. The Committee of Petitioners will have until August 25, to submit the required signatures. If 3,417 valid signatures are submitted to the City Clerk and verified by the election authorities, the minimum wage ordinance will not go into effect unless the City Council places the ordinance before the voters for an election, which could be November.

The General Assembly could also get involved in the debate and overturn a Governor's veto and make a law that could prohibit Kansas City and other Missouri cities from adopting any minimum wage above the state mandated level.