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Kansas City voters approve $2.30 minimum wage hike that might only last a few days

Protesters gather inside a Taco Bell restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a national protest to push fast-food chains to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. .
Protesters gather inside a Taco Bell restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a national protest to push fast-food chains to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. . AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Kansas City voters have agreed to raise the local minimum wage, ignoring a law Missouri legislators enacted earlier this year that bars cities from setting their own rates.

Under the proposal approved Tuesday, Kansas City’s minimum wage would increase from $7.70 to $10 on Aug. 24.

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But it may only be in place for a few days because the new state rules take effect on Aug. 28.

Though largely symbolic because of the state law, the Kansas City vote calls for annual rate hikes starting Sept. 1, 2019. It would eventually reach $15 per hour in 2022.

READ MORE: Ontario to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019

Advocacy groups also launched a petition drive Tuesday seeking to let Missouri voters decide next year whether to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023.

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