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Moscow City Council Repeals Living Wage

MOSCOW, Idaho - The Moscow City Council voted 4-2 to repeal a city ordinance that set a minimum of a $10.25 per hour pay scale for full time city workers or companies that have service contracts with the city.  That means that the city can now pay new employees as low as the federal minimum wage.

City leaders approved the ordinance to pay better than federal minimum wage in 2006 but in the recent repeal Council President Wayne Krauss questioned the merits of the living wage.  He said it dictated what private business should pay employees.

Moscow Councilman Tom Lamar voted against the repeal saying that rescinding the wage is a shame because it sets a good standard for the community.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the repeal will not affect current city employees due to an existing pay scale.

 

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