It’s been an up and down battle over the minimum wage in St. Louis for the past several months, but it looks like small businesses may be the final winner as the state preemption of local minimum wages will take effect on August 28 of this year. St. Louis passed its own minimum wage law 2 years ago hiking the city minimum to $10 per hour this year, and the city won the inevitable court battle over the issue. But, the Missouri legislature had the last say on the issue when they passed the preemption bill into back in May of this year. Although Governor Eric Greitens opposed the city minimum wage, he did not sign the preemption bill opting instead to just let it become law without his signature. Regardless, the minimum wage of $10 in the city of St. Louis reverts back to the state minimum of $7.70 an hour effective the end of August.