Judge to hear legal challenge to city’s minimum wage hike

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The controversial move to raise the minimum wage in the City of St. Louis heads back to court Tuesday morning. A judge will hear arguments in a suit filed to block the minimum wage increase from going into effect later this month.

The hearing for a permanent injunction against the minimum wage hike is set to get underway at 9 a.m. in front of Judge Steven Ohmer.

In August, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a bill raising the city’s minimum wage and Mayor Francis Slay quickly signed that legislation. The bill would raise the minimum wage in the city by 60 cents an hour to $8.25 an hour on October 15. Additional increases would eventually take the city’s minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2018.

Several groups, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, filed suit last month to block the increase, claiming it would hurt businesses and cause them to shutdown or leave the city.

Judge Ohmer last month rejected a request from the groups for a temporary restraining order blocking the minimum wage hike, saying it wasn’t necessary since the increase didn’t go into effect until October 15. Instead, the judge said he would deal with the issue now on a more permanent basis with today’s hearing requesting a permanent injunction against it.

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