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Battle forming over St. Louis mayor’s call for $15 wage

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s call for a $15 minimum wage is expected to face a legal challenge if it gets through the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

Slay talks as though it is going to happen, but others have their doubts. Attorney Jane Dueker is former Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Holden and KMOX talk show host. She says the legal logic of supporters is a stretch.

“I think it would be difficult for them to get a court to say that it’s O.K. if municipalities all across Missouri all had different minimum wages.” Dueker says.

Slay’s city counselor has said that the state’s minimum wage law passed by voters has been ruled unconstitutional in 2001, and it now acts as just a floor, wages in specific cities can go higher.

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