KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials are nearing their self-imposed mid-July deadline for coming up with a plan to raise the local minimum wage, but so far there is no consensus on what needs to be done.
Reports indicate the City Council delayed a decision six weeks ago on a minimum wage hike in the hopes of finding a middle ground between advocates for $15 an hour and business groups that oppose the idea.
Mayor Sly James says the two sides “just talk past each other” during weekly round-table discussions on the subject.
Council members say they will try to adopt some type of minimum wage increase in response to a petition drive calling for a public vote to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.