Brad Jones, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business released the following statement today in response to the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision that the City of St. Louis is allowed to set its own minimum wage. NFIB was among the business groups that filed suit to overturn the city’s mandate:
“We’re disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision today. Our members still believe that the minimum wage should be consistent throughout the state and that allowing local governments to set their own higher wages will create unnecessary hardships for many small businesses.
“If you allow one city or county to mandate higher wages, you’re putting businesses there at a real competitive disadvantage when compared with businesses in nearby communities where the cost of doing business–and the cost of goods and services–is that much lower.”