A circuit court judge in Missouri has overturned the St. Louis ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the city to $8.25/hour. The ordinance was scheduled to take effect yesterday, with additional increases to $9 on January 1, 2016, $10 in 2017 and finally to $11 at the beginning of 2018. There was considerable debate for several months over the city’s push to increase the wage, notwithstanding state law prohibiting any Missouri municipality from exceeding the state minimum of $7.65. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon originally vetoed that prohibition, but his veto was overridden last month. The city immediately announced that it would appeal the decision of circuit court judge Steven Ohmer striking down the ordinance.