We wanted to know how Kansas Citians feel about a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Kansas City to $10 an hour, so we took to the streets.
We talked to folks at the Country Club Plaza, Troost Avenue and Westport and asked, “What’s your minimum wage story?”
Most of the people we talked to were in favor of an increase.
“It’s really not enough,” said Emmitt Fennell, a retiree who used to work as a cook.
He said he’s always earned more than the minimum wage, but he watched his lower-paid co-workers struggle.
“For the time and the work you put in, to get seven or eight dollars an hour?” he said. “If you support a family, you can’t live off of that.”
Several business owners were supportive of a wage increase — at least a modest one.