Jackson County Presiding Circuit Judge Justine Del Muro ruled that a petition initiative to raise the minimum wage in Kansas City should be removed from the November ballot.
Del Muro said a new Missouri law clearly prohibits Kansas City from adopting the higher minimum wage that a citizens petition initiative had sought.
Del Muro’s ruling, which followed arguments Tuesday morning, came just in time to meet the Tuesday evening deadline for removing questions from the Nov. 3 ballot.
The ruling was a victory for the city attorney’s office. Earlier Tuesday, assistant city attorney Sarah Baxter told the judge that the petition initiative should be stricken from the ballot because the state legislature last week outlawed cities from adopting anything greater than the state-set $7.65 per hour.
The City Council had agreed in August to place the petition initiative on the ballot because at the time the state law forbidding local control on minimum wages had been vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon. But the General Assembly overrode the veto last week.