minimum wage http://wkms.org en Non-Profit Says Kentucky, First District Would Benefit More Than Average If Minimum Wage Raised http://wkms.org/post/non-profit-says-kentucky-first-district-would-benefit-more-average-if-minimum-wage-raised <p>Kentucky rounds out the top ten states that would benefit most from a higher minimum wage according to a new report from a non-profit that works to fight poverty and injustice.</p><p>Oxfam America finds 372,000 Kentuckians, more than 22 percent of the working population, would benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:24:47 +0000 Whitney Jones 41286 at http://wkms.org Non-Profit Says Kentucky, First District Would Benefit More Than Average If Minimum Wage Raised Kentucky Senators Help Defeat Federal Minimum Wage Increase http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senators-help-defeat-federal-minimum-wage-increase <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators have helped defeat an effort to raise the federal minimum wage.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Republicans Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul joined almost every other GOP Senator Wednesday in voting against a bill that would have boosted the minimum pay level for federal workers to $10.10 an hour by 2016, up from the current rate of $7.25.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:58:41 +0000 Kevin Willis 40235 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senators Help Defeat Federal Minimum Wage Increase Leach on Congressional Campaign, Minimum Wage http://wkms.org/post/leach-congressional-campaign-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The man hoping to be the first Democrat to represent Kentucky’s second U.S. House seat since 1994&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">says he decided to run for Congress while overseas. Ron Leach is a retired Army major and former&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">special forces medic who lives in Meade County.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:30:56 +0000 Kevin Willis 39978 at http://wkms.org Leach on Congressional Campaign, Minimum Wage Minimum Wage Increase Clears KY House http://wkms.org/post/minimum-wage-increase-clears-ky-house <p></p><p>After more than two-and-a-half hours of debate, the Kentucky House passed a bill Thursday afternoon that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.</p><p>The issue drew impassioned speeches from supporting lawmakers.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38548 at http://wkms.org Minimum Wage Increase Clears KY House Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids http://wkms.org/post/report-minimum-wage-hike-would-be-boon-ky-workers-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a call from President Barack Obama to “give America a raise” in </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/01/28/267901424/transcript-obamas-state-of-the-union-address-as-prepared-for-delivery" style="line-height: 1.5;">last night’s State of the Union address</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a new brief from a Kentucky economic think-tank says that a raise in the minimum wage would benefit about 1 in 4 workers and reduce child poverty.</span></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:53:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador & John Null 38365 at http://wkms.org Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids Coursey Pushes for Higher Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees http://wkms.org/post/coursey-pushes-higher-minimum-wage-tipped-employees <p>Kentucky state Rep. Will Coursey of Symsonia wants the state to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees.&nbsp;</p><p>The three-term Democrat’s bill would first boost the wage from $2.13 per hour to $3.00 if passed this session. Then starting July 2015 the minimum wage would increase by 95 cents each year until it is 70 percent of the hourly minimum wage of non-tipped employees -&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">currently $7.25.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:38:54 +0000 John Null 38056 at http://wkms.org Coursey Pushes for Higher Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly http://wkms.org/post/what-expect-2014-kentucky-general-assembly <p>As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.</p><p>The session starts Tuesday. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:00:10 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37858 at http://wkms.org What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Afternoon Round-Up 7/9/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-7912 <p><strong>Today on NPR: </strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/08/156458470/raising-minimum-wage-a-help-or-harm">Raising Minimum Wage: A Help Or Harm? </a></p><p><strong>Jackson Purchase:</strong></p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:03:03 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 18983 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 7/9/12 Illinois Senate Committee Passes Minimum Wage Bill http://wkms.org/post/illinois-senate-committee-passes-minimum-wage-bill <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">Illinois lawmakers are considering a plan to increase the state minimum wage and let it rise automatically in the future.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; ">A Senate Executive Committee approved the plan 9-5 yesterday, but even bill sponsor Senator Kimberly Lightford says more work is needed before it could become law.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 May 2012 11:42:37 +0000 Associated Press 18005 at http://wkms.org Illinois Senate Committee Passes Minimum Wage Bill