KY House Panel OKs Bill To Raise Minimum Wage

Jan 31, 2014

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A bill aimed at raising Kentucky’s minimum wage has cleared a state House committee.

The measure is one of House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s top priorities. He says the current minimum wage doesn't provide a living wage.

Stumbo says full-time employees working at minimum wage make less than the average cost of a used car in the U.S. The House Labor and Industry Committee approved the bill yesterday.

Under the bill, the state's minimum wage would gradually increase from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour July 1st, 2016. A 95 cent increase would come this July with a second 95 cent boost July 2015.

Stumbo says Kentucky's minimum wage hasn't been raised since 2009.