City council pushes to raise minimum wage

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City council will consider an ordinance to raise minimum wage within the city to $15 an hour.

Mayor Sly James talked about the ordinance during his state of the city address.

The ordinance would begin raising the minimum wage within the city to $10 by September and then up to $15 by 2021.

Minimum wage in Missouri is currently $7.65. Federal minimum wage is $7.25.

In his address he said some are still working 40 hours a week but can’t provide for their families.

The mayor used Latoya Caldwell,  a fast food worker, as an example. He said she makes $800 a month and sometimes has to choose which bills to pay even before feeding her kids.

Caldwell said she and other fast food workers are pushing for higher wages so they can support their families, and the mayor said they deserve it.

“When you get that pay check it’s like which one do I choose,” Caldwell said. “Do I choose to pay my lights or do I choose to feed my children, so it’s very challenging.”

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