The group of restaurant and business owners out to overturn Kansas City’s new minimum wage law is likely counting on paycheck envy in its hopes to collect enough signatures for a referendum election.
People who might sign such a petition would likely be those who had been able to boast that they made more than the state-mandated $7.65 an hour until the City Council voted to boost the minimum in Kansas City to $8.50 an hour on Aug. 24 with increases set to boost it to $13 an hour by 2020. The paycheck shift may have folks who were a bit ahead in earnings suddenly seeing themselves behind with no hopes to get back in front.
Missourians for Fair Wages, a new group of restaurant, hotel and other businesses, have turned in 100 signatures to get the petition drive going and have until Aug. 25 to get about 3,400 signatures for a referendum election, The Kansas City Star reports.
Naturally proponents of a higher minimum wage are against the business group’s effort.
The City Council voted July 16 to increase the minimum wage. Kansas City joins several other cities in boosting the minimum wage. Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., and Los Angeles have increased the minimum wage so that it will hit $15 by 2020.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. It has not been changed since 2009, and has not kept up with the cost of living. The minimum wage of $1.60 in 1968, for example, would be $10.97 an hour in today’s dollars if it had kept pace with inflation.