KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An effort is underway in Kansas City to gradually raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, but the mayor and some council members say such a move would violate state law. The Star reports last month City Councilman Jermaine Reed introduced an ordinance that would increase Kansas City's mandatory minimum wage to $10 per hour as of September 1st, with incremental increases to $15 an hour by September 2020. Councilman Ed Ford, an attorney, says Missouri law plainly forbids adopting local minimum wage ordinances.