Bill to raise minimum wage placed on hold

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The proposed minimum wage hike in St. Louis was on the agenda Friday for St. Louis Board of Alderman to increase minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2020.

Today’s meeting was the final one for the St. Louis Board of Alderman before a two month summer break. The sponsor of the bill, Alderman Shane Cohn realized the clock was ticking and although his colleagues voted the minimum wage bill out of committee. The bill hit a road block when it came up for discussion on the floor.

Alderman Shane Cohn introduced a compromise bill today that was supported by Mayor Francis Slay.

Instead of Cohn’s original bill that would have increased the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour by 2020. The new bill would have raised it to eleven dollars an hour by 2020. Cohn was able to pass the bill out of committee today with enough votes, 18 yes votes, 10 no votes and 1 abstain.

Once the bill was on introduced on the floor for discussion, some alderman said they thought $11 an hour down from $15 was still too high. Current minimum wage is 7 dollars 40cents.

When alderman Cohn noticed he did not have the votes he needed and that's when the alderman decided to send the bill to a informal calendar instead putting the bill at risk of defeat .

Alderman Cohn believes with much more discussion and debate the bill still has a chance.

For now the minimum wage bill is on the informal calendar so the bill will sit dormant.

It's up to the President of the Board of Alderman Lewis Reed to determine if he will call a special session. Reed voted no to even take it out of committee.

The new state law banning cities from raising the minimum wage takes effect August 28th.