Minimum wage increases continue to ripple across the country with the St. Louis Board of Alderman being the latest to propose a local minimum. The Board returned this week to debate a substitute proposal (the original called for $15/hour but couldn’t get enough support) that would hike the wage to $13/hour by 2020. Although it is still subject to one more vote (expected later today, Friday, August 28), the Alderman settled on a bill that would mandate $11/hour by 2018. Earlier this summer, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that pre-empts local minimum wages and plastic bag prohibitions in Missouri. Kansas City and St. Louis are scurrying to pass minimum wage hikes because it is anticipated that the legislature will override the veto when they return in September.