Lexington council to consider minimum wage increase

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Lexington officials will soon begin discussions on a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the next three years.

Urban County Council member Jennifer Mossotti, who is pushing the proposal, says about 20 percent of Lexington’s workforce would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports about 31,000 people currently make less than $10.10 an hour in the city. Of them, 61 percent are between the ages of 20 and 34, according to data provided by the Kentucky Center on Economic Policy.

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Mossotti says she hopes council members will vote to move it out of committee on Tuesday.

The proposed ordinance would phase in the increase over three years.

Mayor Jim Gray has not publicly supported the proposal.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com