Aldermen to address minimum wage, spy agency at Friday’s meeting

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The Board of Aldermen will address two hot topics during their last meeting before a two-month summer break.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post- Dispatch, the 28-person board is set to discuss the proposed minimum wage hike. Originally, the intent was to raise the min wage to $15 an hour by 2020 but a new compromise bill, supported by Mayor Francis Slay, would raise it to $11 an hour by 2020. The current minimum is $7.65 an hour.

A new state law banning cities from raising the minimum wage will go into effect on August 28th.

In order to pass the bill, a special session would need to be called before they return from break in September. It`s already been debated quite a bit. Some say it will give struggling workers a big boost while others say it`ll hurt the city`s economy, by driving jobs into the county, where the minimum wage would be much lower.

Aldermen are also expected to consider a move to help keep the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency from leaving St. Louis.

The agency has outgrown its current location in south city and is considering four new locations including north St. Louis and near Scott Air Force Base.

Aldermen today could move to buy back land in north city from developer Paul McKee to offer as a new location for the N.G.A.

However, that would require a loan to buy back land the city once owned.

The bill needs 15 votes to pass.