Bill Repeals St. Louis Minimum Hourly Wage Increase

A bill repealing St. Louis’ minimum wage increase to $10/hour will go into law on August 28th. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced that he will not sign the bill, allowing it to go into law automatically. Under the law, St. Louis’ minimum wage will revert back to the statewide minimum wage of $7.70 an hour.

Background on the Minimum Wage Increase

A Missouri Supreme Court ruling reinstated an ordinance as of May 5, 2017, that required St. Louis city businesses to implement a new minimum wage of $10.00 per hour in 2017 and $11.00 in 2018. In June, Missouri lawmakers sent a bill blocking the minimum wage increase to the governor.

The Missouri Retailers Association, Missouri Restaurant Association and other local organizations sued to block the original increase, stopping the law from passing in 2015. The groups argued that different minimum wage levels in different parts of the state would make Missouri and St. Louis city less attractive for business growth and job creation.

If you have questions on how your business and minimum wage workers may be affected, the city has established a direct contact resource at minimumwage@stlouis-mo.gov. Contact an Anders advisor for any business consulting needs.