KCK Raises Minimum Wage to Federal Levels

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas City, Kan., officials have boosted the minimum hourly wage for the city from $2.65 to $6.55, the first such hike for a city in Kansas.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., approved the ordinance on Thursday. The decision came the same day a federal law raising the minimum wage to the same amount went into effect.

The federal law covers most people. But exceptions include those who work on small farms, for small newspapers and as companions for the elderly.

Until now, the city has been under the state's minimum wage of $2.65 an hour. That's the lowest among states that have minimum-wage laws.

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