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Government
12:35 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

WKU Economist Warns Against Minimum Wage Hike

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 12:03 pm

As Kentucky lawmakers consider increasing the state’s minimum wage, a WKU economics professor is warning such a move could have negative consequences. 

Dr. Brian Strow says a minimum wage hike would harm the people it’s meant to help. 

"More than half of minimum workers are 24 and younger," Strow tells WKU Public Radio.  "There's only about 15 percent of workers that are the major bread winner for their family."

The report, commissioned by the Bluegrass Institute, also notes that past minimum wage increase have resulted in higher unemployment in Kentucky relative to the rest of the country.  

"We are particularly hurt by increasing the minimum wage relative to the number of people working in Kentucky because a larger percentage of our population is actually working at minimum wage than in other states," he adds.

The Democratic-led Kentucky House earlier this month passed a bill that would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.  The measure faces dim prospects in the Republican-controlled Senate. 

The last time state lawmakers approved a minimum wage increase was in 2007.  Supporters say the last increase has been eroded by inflation in the cost of living. 

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Government
3:35 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Local Right-to-Work Laws Grow; Kentucky AFL-CIO Prepares for Litigation

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After Republicans failed to take control of the Kentucky House of Representatives in November’s election, five counties have now passed local right-to-work ordinances in the face of grim prospects in Frankfort. But Attorney General Jack Conway says the ordinances don’t have legal standing and the Kentucky AFL-CIO president says litigation is coming.

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Education
3:10 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Incoming KCTCS President's Contract To Be Finalized In Coming Month

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:25 am

  Kentucky Community & Technical College System Chairman P.G. Peeples expects to reach a contract agreement with President-elect Jay Box next month, but declined to say if Box will be paid as generously as his departing predecessor, Michael McCall.

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Kentucky Legislature
6:54 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Bluegrass Institute Blames Lawmakers for Struggling Pension Systems

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The watchdog group Bluegrass Institute has released a report blaming Kentucky'’s lawmakers for various issues with the state’'s pension systems.

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