Predominantly White State Legislatures Are Blocking Laws That Benefit Black Workers

State interference in city minimum wage laws stems from a larger Jim Crow legacy of blocking economic policies that primarily benefit communities of color.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

On Monday (August 28), a Missouri state law went into effect that stripped more than 30,000 workers in St. Louis of a hard won local minimum wage increase, dropping their hourly pay floor from $10 an hour back to just $7.70. But St. Louis isn’t the only city where state laws stand in the way of progress. A new brief from advocacy network Partnership for Working Families found that this legislation is rampant, with predominantly-White legislative bodies passing laws that circumvent legislation that would benefit communities of color. Read more here.